Medical researchers have discovered many connections between Agent Orange—an herbicide and defoliant used during the Vietnam War—and a number of diseases and illnesses that plague veterans today. Because of this medical link, the VA has created a list of conditions which it has acknowledged are due to a veteran’s in-service exposure to herbicides. These illnesses include:
If you currently have one of these illnesses and served in the Republic of Vietnam at any point between 1961 and 1971, you may be entitled to receive VA disability compensation benefits. The first step toward filing for benefits is establishing “service connection.”
To establish service connection due to Agent Orange exposure, a veteran must provide documentation of a current disease with a medical diagnosis and evidence of stepping foot on land or serving in the inland waterways in the Republic of Vietnam (or any of the other places which VA has recognized were in close proximity to or treated with Agent Orange). To file this claim with the VA, fill out VA Form 21-526, attaching any medical records (service, VA or private) pertaining to your illness, a certified copy of your DD 214 or other records to document your Vietnam service, and copies of marriage certificates divorce decrees and dependent birth certificates. Attaching these documents is not necessary if they are unavailable to you, or if you have previously submitted them, but will speed up the process.
If you have already made a claim and believe you have been wrongfully denied or simply need help walking through the claims process, the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly can assist you in getting the benefits you deserve. We specialize in getting veterans their compensation, pension, and other benefits they earned with their service. If you would like our help, contact us today.
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