Agent Orange Claims Attorney
Agent Orange is an herbicide used by the United States during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange is a two equal part mixture of herbicide agents: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Agent Orange also contains the contaminant TCDD as a byproduct of its production. TCDD is the most toxic of all dioxins. Agent Orange is one of the “rainbow herbicides” used throughout the duration of the Vietnam War. Herbicide agents were used in the Vietnam War for two main reasons: One, to kill off the Vietnamese crops in order to interrupt their food supply, and two, to destroy foliage and dense vegetation in the jungle to increase visibility to prevent ambush attacks on U.S. Forces.
During the Vietnam War, herbicides, including Agent Orange, were deployed in mainly four ways:
- C-123 aircraft were used to drop herbicides on the jungles of Vietnam during Operation Ranch Hand. C-123 aircraft were modified with tanks to carry the herbicides.
- Helicopters were used to spray smaller, targeted areas.
- Buffalo turbines (truck towed sprayers) were used to spray roadsides and the perimeters of military installations.
- Man-pack sprayers were also used as a method of spraying herbicides.
To get VA disability for Agent Orange exposure, the veteran must prove the following:
- In-service exposure to Agent Orange.
- Current diagnosis of a medical condition associated with Agent Orange.
The VA presumes veterans who served in these locations during the specified time periods were exposed to Agent Orange:
- Veterans with boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam; veterans with service aboard a ship which operated in the inland waterways of Vietnam (i.e. Brown Water veterans); or veterans who served aboard ships in Vietnam’s territorial seas (i.e. Blue Water Navy veterans) between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
- In or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971
- Active duty and reservist personnel who had regular contact with C-123 aircraft between 1969 and 1986
The VA also recognizes Agent Orange exposure in veterans whose service involved duty on or near the perimeters of certain Royal Thai Air Force Bases in Thailand between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. However, Thailand veterans are not entitled to a presumption of Agent Orange exposure, but they can still qualify for VA Disability Benefits if these veterans prove exposure on a factual basis.
Veterans who served elsewhere during this time period may be eligible for service connection. The U.S. military used Agent Orange in other locations.
Conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure include:
- Diabetes Mellitus, type II
- Heart Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Prostate Cancer
- Lung and Respiratory Cancer
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Multiple Myeloma
This list does not include all the known associated conditions, just the most common conditions. If you believe you have a medical condition linked to Agent Orange exposure, please contact us for a thorough review of your case to see if you qualify for VA Disability Benefits under any of these rules.