1. Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant used in Vietnam

Agent Orange was a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed from 1962 to 1971 during the Vietnam War to remove the leaves of trees and other dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. The U.S. Department of Defense developed tactical herbicides specifically to be used in “combat operations.” They were not commercial grade herbicides purchased from chemical companies and sent to Vietnam.

More than 19 million gallons of various “rainbow” herbicide combinations were sprayed, but Agent Orange was the combination the U.S. military used most often. The name “Agent Orange” came from the orange identifying stripe used on the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored.

Heavily sprayed areas included forests near the demarcation zone, forests at the junction of the borders of Cambodia, Laos, and South Vietnam, and mangroves on the southernmost peninsula of Vietnam and along shipping channels southeast of Saigon.

2. Any Veteran who served anywhere in Vietnam during the war is presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.

For the purposes of VA compensation benefits, Veterans who served anywhere in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, as specified in the Agent Orange Act of 1991.

These Veterans do not need to show that they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides in order to get disability compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Service in Vietnam means service on land in Vietnam or on the inland waterways (“brown water” Veterans) of Vietnam.

3. VA has linked several diseases and health conditions to Agent Orange exposure.

VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits.

  • AL Amyloidosis
    A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters and collects tissues or organs
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
    A type of cancer which affects a specific type of white blood cell
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
    A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
    A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to produce or respond properly to the hormone insulin
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
    A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
    A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that can lead to chest pain (angina)
  • Multiple Myeloma
    A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
  • Parkinson’s Disease
    A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
    A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure.
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
    A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
  • Prostate Cancer
    Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among older men
  • Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
    Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
    A specific group of malignant of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues


4. Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation must file a claim.

Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation for health problems related to Agent Orange exposure must file a claim.

During the claims process, VA will check military records to confirm exposure to Agent Orange or qualifying military service. If necessary, VA will set up a separate exam for compensation.

5. VA offers health care benefits for Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service.

Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, are eligible to enroll in VA health care. Visit VA’s Health Benefits Explorer to check your eligibility and learn how to apply.

6. Participating in an Agent Orange Registry health exam helps you, other Veterans and VA.

VA’s Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.

The exam is free to eligible Veterans and enrollment in VA health care is not necessary. Although the findings of your exam may be used to inform your subsequent care, they may not be used when applying for compensation as a separate exam is required. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam.

7. VA recognizes and offers support for the children of Veterans affected by Agent Orange who have birth defects.

VA has recognized that certain birth defects among Veterans’ children are associated with Veterans’ qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea.

The affected child must have been conceived after the Veteran entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period.

Learn more about benefits for Veterans’ children with birth defects. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits/children-birth-defects.asp


8. Vietnam Veterans are not the only Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.

Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam were used, tested or stored elsewhere, including some military bases in the United States. Other locations/scenarios in which Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange may include:

Possible exposure of crew members to herbicide residue in c-123 planes flown after the Vietnam War

9. VA continues to conduct research on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange in order to better care for all Veterans.

VA and other Federal government Departments and agencies have conducted, and continue to conduct, extensive research evaluating the health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. Veterans.

An example is the Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study designed to examine if high blood pressure (hypertension) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are related to herbicide exposure during the Vietnam War. Researchers have completed data collection and aim to publish initial findings in a scientific journal in 2015.

Learn more about Agent Orange related studies and their outcomes here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/research-studies.asp

10. VA contracts with an independent, non-governmental organization to review the scientific and medical information on the health effects of Agent Orange.

VA contracts with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences every two years to scientifically review evidence on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange and other herbicides on Vietnam Veterans. The IOM uses a team of nationally renowned subject matter experts from around the country to gather all the scientific literature on a topic, identify peer-reviewed reports, and then examine the studies to determine the most rigorous and applicable studies. The IOM looks for the highest quality studies. The IOM then issues its reports, including its conclusions and recommendations to VA, Congress, and the public.

About the author:
Dr. Ralph Erickson is an Army Veteran of the Gulf War (1990-91) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). He retired with 32 + years active-duty service, during which he held a number of leadership positions to include:  Commander of The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Command Surgeon, US Central Command; and Director, DoD Global Emerging Infections and Response System (DOD-GEIS). He is a board certified physician in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences  (USUHS), Masters of Public Health from Harvard University, and Doctorate of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

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  1. richard ware March 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Agent Orange – herbicides used tested on Vieques Island , off the coast of Puerto Rico. There is DoD evidence that there are residuals in the soil yet The govt denies it was ever tested there. How did the residuals get into the soil if it was never there.

  2. Kerry Underwood March 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    My veteran died in 1997 from Melanoma….he was only 51! He served in Vietnam 67-68! Too much information, too late.

  3. LEONARD MCCARTHY March 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    For those of you that are in the process of filing, KEEP FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING. I was in the same boat as most everybody else by ending up with Multiple Myeloma; Diabetes (Type 2); PTSD; High Blood Pressure and all of the other problems associated with the ailments.

    I was diagnosed with the Multiple Myeloma about 7 years ago by a private doctor and it took me two years for the VA to finally acknowledge that it, as well as the other ailments were all related to Agent Orange and the experiences of combat.

    The good news for those who are discouraged is that, once the claim is filed, and in my case it took several years later and numerous “examination visits” by VA contract doctors to confirm and verify the conditions, I was “awarded” a settlement that was retroactive to the “original claim date”.

    Even though I have been awarded 100% disability rating, I am still required to be re-examined once a year in their effort to reduce the the rating.

    You fought for this Country whether you wanted to or not and it may seem you are fighting against them because of the problems of dealing with the VA, but you are actually fighting for yourself and your family. You did not give up in Vietnam so DO NOT GIVE UP NOW,.

    Leonard McCarthy, Vietnam 69/70
    11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse)

  4. Lawrence J. Regan March 18, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I served in Vietnam with the USCG in 1970 and 1971. We were exposed to AO all the time in the Delta Region. I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in December 2013, attributable to exposure to Agent Orange. AO has been proven to be multi-generational. All you have to do is research about the children still being born in Vietnam even today. There are orphanages full of deformed children. My only daughter was born with “Spina Bifida Occulta” We didn’t know until later in her life. She has constant pain in her lower back. One surgery already, more to come. Just this week she was diagnosed with multiple herniations in her lower back. There is no history in either my wife or my family of Spina Bifida. I believe it came from my exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. My genes were altered be it. Our great Government won’t cover a claim for her condition. She is going to suffer her whole life because of me. I carry a lot of guilt. Many of my shipmates were sterile after returning from Vietnam. Was it Agent Orange? I think so. My claim was approved and I’m 100% disabled. That’s good for me but what about my daughter. Why won’t the US Government cover her? .

  5. Carol Fleshood March 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I was given the information that it could be male or female vet that a child born with certain medical conditions could and should receive benefits.

  6. Tonya G March 17, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I am sooo angry that my father served during Vietnam onboard USS KITTY HAWK in 1968 as an Aviation Ordnance. He currently has Type II diabetes and treated for prostate cancer in which now has spread somewhere else in his body (test are not conclusive at this time). He has been DENIED on his VA claim because VA says he cannot prove it. Hmmmm wasn’t there a fire in St. Louis that destroyed Navy personnel records? VA’s BS answer is he can not prove he was on the ground at any time to have had contact with Agent Orange. Who in the hell has time to generate TAD orders for someone To go ashore during that time? The damn carrier was on watch in theater & his DD 214 clearly states he was honorably discharged from his first & last ultimate duty station – USS KITTY HAWK. Launching & recovering fighter aircraft was his freakin’ job! Sure, he will never be cured of his ailments BUT compensation would be gratitude by our government of taking care of OUR vets. He won’t have to worry so much about paying for his medication. Because of how my father has been treated by VA, I HATE I served my country for 25 DAMN years!

  7. Jane March 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Anyone (Veteran, Family members for living or deceased) in need of Agent Orange exposure research should contact, in writing, the Department of the Army, Joint Services Records Rearch Center (JSRRC), 7701 Telegraph Road, 3rd Floor Kingman Bldg, Alexandria, VA 22315. This is for all Branches of Services (DA, AF, NV & USMC).

    You will need to provide a note with the Veteran’s name, time period they served in Vietnam, their unit of assignment and possible locations of exposure to Agent Orange (such as – Bien Hoa, Hue, Phu Bai). The Veteran’s DD 214 or WD AGO or DD Form 2-1 should accompany this note also.

  8. Joseph Dougan March 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I wish someone could explain to me the scientific reason why the child had to be from a female veteran. Obviously it would have been a nurse who was never in the field, yet the child of a male veteran with all of the same Agent Orange conditions is not eligible. I will have no grandchildren because I wasn’t a nurse. I just flew helicopters for two years.

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  10. Marty H Griffin March 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Should have read settled case in 2014. Filed in June 06. MHG

  11. Marty H Griffin March 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Finally awarded 100% unemployability in sept 04. Files case in June 06. Find a good attorney if y0u are in appeal process !! Make sure they do strictly va disability cases. Contact BERGMANN &Moore. They are the best. 64-68 marine.

  12. Rob Angle March 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Just who in the hell does a so called disease expert has the federal autocratic authority over my body? I was denied AO and I will be damned to file again. I do not acknowledge nor agree with the so called academic Doctor’s qualifications as “expert” who has ZERO authority over my body to say I do or do not have a body-skin condition since 1967. The VA has a better injury-kill ratio then the enemy had. I refuse to be insulted by a VA Doctor or the VA.

  13. Brenda Gilpin March 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    My husband is also a vet that served in Thailand in 68 and 69 (where a.o. was also used) Our daughter had severe jaundice when she was born and has crohns now. She has been sick so much in her life time. I would also like to know how many other vets kids have these problems!

  14. clinton bonds March 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    My father did 2 tours in Vietnam, as a child I was allergic to milk, had weak bones, some of my teeth grew in backwards and some without enamel, I was extremely hyper active and was diagnosed as bi-polar manic depressive, and anti-social. Had all sorts of trouble in school , but when I tell people it was passed to me from my father because of agent Orange they tell me I’m stupid, or I’m crazy,

  15. DC BAKER March 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    My dad was a veteran who served in Vietnam between those years, was exposed to Agent Orange, died of lung cancer on January 13th, 2011, and never received a dime of compensation. Do you know how pissed off it makes me that someone who proudly served his country isn’t taken care of but people who refuse to work and have kids they can’t afford get food stamps and free cell phones? Unbelievable.

    • Tonya G March 17, 2015 at 12:27 am

      DC, I understand my friend! So sorry about your Dad. Why does this have to be so hard? I will probably loose my father soon & he is so young, 66 yo. Sad.

  16. Joanne Hummer March 13, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    my late husband was tdy multiply times in Thiland during the Vietnam Nam war. He ad nonhodgkins lymphomas and later leukemia. He was a navigator on a KC135. He said plane s in crisis dumped their loads of agent orange on the barracks where the crew stayed and the end of the runway. He died Nov 2003 of leukemia. That. Is a short sketch of his life.

  17. Sabrina Carey March 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    My father died from amlyodosis. Is my mother eligible for compensation?

  18. JC Carmody March 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    My husband is battling Agent Orange complications, but the VA is very difficult to deal with regarding increasing his disability rating. He is at 20% for agent orange-related diabetes, but he also has the neuropathy, COPD, and I suspect congestive heart failure, although it has not been confirmed. He has applied for more disability, but the red tape is horrendous.

    That being said, he has commented that he would like to donate his body to science to study the results of Agent Orange exposure (he was doused in it during his hitch in Vietnam). Does anyone know how we would go about accomplishing his wish?

  19. Rose little March 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    My husband is a vet 68-69 our son was born 10 months after he came home , he has Crohn’s disease. Wish I knew how many veterans have kids with Crohn’s !!!

  20. William Eggers March 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Served in VN in the early 70s. I have read many accounts of Vets who dubmitted a claim for problems with their kidneys. I am the only member of my family to have had kidney stones (a period of over 30 years of occurences). Has the VA conducted any tests or surveys for the incidence of kidney stones? To the best of my knowledge all cases submitted to the VA have been denied. Strange to me that one of the main filters within the body would not have been affected by AO.

  21. Timothy Discher March 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I was in the Navy from 1962 to 1966 and was in Vietnam up and down the rivers and qualify under agent orange. I was diagnosed with lung cancer May 2014 and filed for disability August 29, 2014. I receive a letter from the VA every two months stating they are processing my claim. They just sent me a letter stating that they needed more information. The information they are requesting was included in my filing through my VSO (Veterans Service Officer). Under no circumstances do you send any additional information to the VA without consulting with the VSO (there is one in every county) as you risk having your application date “restarting” on the date they receive the information. I have a son born 1-yr after returning from Vietnam that has heart issues and reproductive issues. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do for him?
    Tim Discher

  22. Randall Patterson March 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Served in Marine Corps, 1967-1970 Vietnam. Have sleep apnea and PTSD looking for any research that links these two conditions, Would you be able to help?. Thank You

  23. Ron Hawn March 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Does anyone know of a program that covers Civilian Contract employee’s, both Government and Civilian employee’s in support of the Vietnam War Mission. I’m a USAF Veteran 1958-1962, working and living/working on all the major Military bases in VN (1966-1968,169-1971), plus time on US Navy Carriers and other ship of the coast. On CINPAC orders out of Hawaii, in the Vietnam, Thailand and Laos supporting the operations. Appreciate any info,

    Ron Hawn

  24. James H. Martin March 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Can you tell me if any exploratory work is being studied on skin rashes that are giving a Veteran Buddy of mine a fit even to today?

  25. joseph w. tippett March 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Why is Thailand not included in the exposure areas. I served TDY at Don Muang in 1963 or 64 as a crew chief on F-101’s and I remember moving aircraft to abutments through defoliated areas. I have had prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes etc.

  26. Fvir March 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I am a Vietnam. And I’ve seen the effects of Agent Orange on the people we like. It’s the pain and torment for the next generations.

  27. william slusher March 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I was stationed at Avon Park, Gunnery Range, Florida, 1973-1975. I know Agent Orange was tested there in the 50’s. While assigned there during the time frame listed I know other defoliants if not Agent Orange was used. I have had prostate problems since being assigned to Avon Park.

  28. William F. Gavitt March 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you for this valuable information. I served in the USAF from 1956-1986. I was rated 30% upon retirement after 30 years for Advancd Atherosclorisis. Was in RVN form 7/65- 7/66, mostly at Danang at Monkey Mountain in 603d AC&W Sqdn. Our radar site was sprayed with Agent Orange to keep the brush down, Traveled the country from Can Tho to Dong Ha in C-123s. Want to be upgraded to 100%.
    Thank you.

  29. Mike Krause March 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Once the VA has awarded you a percent of disability from Agent Orange can that can that percentage be increased?

  30. David Long March 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I have been in the VA system for several years. I have health issues secondary to, and as a result of my diabetes. I am currently rated at 40% for the diabetes, heart disease and neuropathy in my legs. One of the issues is bleeding varices in my esophagus. The CFR rating schedule for this is 70% and while they admit it and recognize it, they give me nothing for it. I filed a claim for unemployability because of my limitations and they ignore it. I have been waiting three years for an answer to my appeal for the varices and for my liver damage and all I get is a stock answer from the VA. They are doing nothing. Three years is disgraceful. I feel sorry for returning veterans these days because they are in for a shock when they try to get help.

  31. Robert J Galloway March 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    This is really Bull. I filed a claim, and the VA requested my service Medical records, which they never have received, i also requested the records. They are apparently (conveniently) lost. I sent the VA a copy of my DD Form 214, which they said they couldn’t read. My Doctor also sent records of my treatment for Diabetes II. I keep getting letters from the VA that they are still waiting for records, from me or the NPRC. I have informed them that I don’t have nor have I been able to obtain the medical records, just as they have been unable to obtain them. It is a blame game, and nothing is happening. If I get my congressman involved, that will put a hold on everything while congress takes a year or two to get the same information I already have. That is that my claim is still in progress. It has only been 6 Months.

  32. Emiliana nauta March 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    My husband is 100% disabled veteran from agent orange. He was compensation back in July 2011, for ischemic heart desease, now diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and lung cancer. He didn’t have these at the time the claim was processed. I recently made a claim for the lung cancer and letter of denial dur to “compensated already” is the decision. I understand tha percentage will remain at 100% but compensation for added illness? The most recent mishap is during preparation for radiation therapy, his VA pulmonary doctor, ACCIDENTLY punctured his lungs while in the OR. EFFECTS after was, emergency transportation to nearest hospital the following day for LUNG COLLASPE, admitted a few days , few months later , pnuemonia kicked him hard, three weeks in outside hospital near our residence, since that in February 2014, till today, he has oxygen machine and portable tanks, even Scooter for outside mobility because his VA pulmonary doctor ADMITTED to making his first mistake on a patient after over 700 procedures he’s done. BACK INJURY from Vietnam has yet to be compensated, lung cancer denied, diabetes type 2 , denied, myself to be paid as his caregiver, denied because I’m SPOUSE, critiria for mobility van has requirements, really? Does he need to be wheelchair bound ? I’m his DRIVER, his NURSE, SECRETARY, MAID, COOK, etc…. I call myself, CAPTAIN of his ship , married 24 yrs last January 2015. I can’t even go out to work or have R&R more than Feds hours a day for fear I’d come home to find him dead in his sleep. I’ve put up with all kinds of temper tantrums from this veteran I know for a fact most wives will not tolerate! Weve been disconnected from close family and friends for reason of outburst “PTSD” they don’t understand. My GRIPE is, not matter how much money the VA gives him, he will never be happy again because of health condition but at least compensation for addition ailments will give us more time to enjoy what’s left of his life!! After years of being the one lifting luggage sat airports for hospital appointments from Saipan, Guam, and tripled in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Oregon, now Washington, my physical healt now shooting 55yrs of age, mental, physical and emotional Heath of my being is really taking a big toll on me. PAID CAREGIVER compensation for me is well DESERVED , don’t you think? Can you guide me to what direction to direct my concerns? I’m really drained!!!!!!!

    • SUSANA. G. G. March 13, 2015 at 6:04 am

      My Husband Paul G. his Veteran Disabled For young ages, he was only 34yrs old. My story mostly same things to Emelia, My husband his Navy Vet. He was been suffering for PTSD, after was what happened to their Navy Ship’s, My husband one of crews who survived the era of Gulf War. Under SAM ROBERT Historical Story, years 1988. Year 1989, Paul took his vacation that he never been use since he was joined in Military services. Former President Reagan, Honored them a Medal, To what they than in battle ship, yrs. 1988, Under SAM ROBERT History. From years 1990 thru 2002, no one’s have Idea’s, what’s life’s I’ve been thru. Even my parents, family, relatives. I was griefing and how I cooped to my husband conditions and to our situations with my 2 young daughters. Until now 2015, we still not recover to what Happenens to my family, we still struggling and my husband conditions he still suffering. Every times he apply for claims, even all the proved of evidence is gave to them they’re always denied. My family life’s not the same anymore are situations is getting more worst effecting more my daughter’s life’s. Please… I can’t put all the details. Please President Obama. and First. Lady Michelle Obama, help and rescue my family, especially my husband conditions, he was had 3 back surgeries before and L4 L5 for knees surgeries. Now 2015 he needs to get surgery again. I don’t want anythings more worst happens to my husband conditions, Please Help! . Thank you. Respectfully Yours, Susana G. msgie9@gmail.com

    • Timothy Discher March 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      It’s to get a lawyer!. They take about 20% but it is well worth it.
      Tim Discher

  33. Adele Fini March 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    My father died of heart failure caused by HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) in October 2000. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 (drafted in 1967). Although the autopsy stated he died from HCM and doctors/research post-mortem said it’s genetic, no one I know of in my (paternal) family history has/had heart failure. (My father was an Italian immigrant; not sure how my extended family in Italy passed.) I do know that my paternal grandfather died from liver failure; my paternal uncle passed from a brain aneurysm; my paternal grandmother died of congestive heart disease and other complications of being 94. Can agent orange have accelerated my father’s “genetic” heart condition if he indeed, had it before Vietnam? I’m not sure of HCM would be considered a version of ischemic heart disease, as stated above. Thank you.

  34. pat leach March 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    If someone has the rash that looks like ringworm, use old spice deodorant on it.

  35. Owens Earl Jr March 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    You for got to add Korea to the mix we who service in Korea should be add to that list we were at War over there to and like our brother who service in Vietnam we are suffering to but our Government won’t the world to for get us we all should never have to ask this Country for help are have to prove where we were they no where we were. Just like those Draft letters you sent us you should be giving us special treatment and 100% Disability with no questing ask you no what you did I service in Korea not fore from the DMZ from 1967 thru 1968

  36. jesus m. Rayos March 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I Was ex pose to this agent orage but Im a post vet I Was bleding true my rectal and the urulogist told me to claim on Va the star to ad same thing on my live and star to claim but VA hospital dosent give a dam of the veterans here on puerto rico what I have to do go over the state. Im all ready a 100% but I didnt know that I had that stuff yes I have Kids on my first marrige my wife had cáncer on the matriz ,1 kid had de matitis atopic , 2 kid has Diabetis tope 1 , on my second marrige my 3 kid has asma bleding nose 4 kid has hipoglucemia , and I have sacorms rash and same time bleding pennus

  37. Faye Farr March 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    My husband served in the Air Force and was stationed at Osan AFB, Korea from 1970-1971. He as advanced Parkinsons Disease. Could this be related to Agent Orange?

  38. jeffery Stephen Coffman March 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Google “Edgewood arsenal experiments ” to see how the VA treats veterans.

  39. Robert W Yelle March 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    In 1966/1967, I was stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam for 13 months. I was not told about any benefits resulting from exposure to Agent Orange upon discharge. Four years ago, I was enlightened by another Vietnam Vet that there are benefits available. At first, I thought the statute of limitations had run out on me, after all, it has been almost 40 years since I was exposed.

    I applied at the local Veterans’ Affairs office. Turns out that I am 70% disabled, received a lump sum tax exemption and a monthly pension as well as free medical treatment and diagnosis.

    It is never too late to apply.

    • Trudy D Fontenot March 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      My husband was in Pleiku, Vietnam 1967-1968. He has Diabetes Type 2, was recently diagnosis with Prostrate Cancer ( 6 months ago). He has taken radiation treatments. He has filed for VA benefits in New Orleans, Louisiana.We are waiting. Good Luck to you.

  40. Marie Dante March 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Hello. I am the proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. My dad served our country from 1969 to 72. My brother & I were both born with congenital heart disease which have required us to have valve replacements. I applied for VA benefits for children born with birth defects and was denied. I was led to believe that if my dad would have been a woman I’d have gotten assistance paying my cardiology bills. Why is this? I get half my DNA from my dad. If a woman’s eggs could be affected why can’t the sperm be? Any guidance as to why this is would be appreciated. Thank you. Marie

  41. Christopher J. Lockhart March 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Good day sir, I am curious could I have any effects to this by being there and digging in the dirt (excavating) I sometime have skin rash And not to far back I have had like 7- T.I.A’s as well as bad back and some other issues … From 1993-1996 I served with C.I.L.HI ( Central Identification Laboratory of Hawaii ) Where we searched for the remains of P.O.W.’s and M.I.A’s Mostly in Vietnam,Cambodia and Laos … I have seen unspent rounds of White phosphorous and much as unexploded ordinance … Thanks for your time …

  42. Dean Gilbert March 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I also served in Viet Nam. I notice all of the Cancers listed with a big exception…Colon Cancer. I would have to presume that because of this ommission, the VA does not believe that any of this Agent Orange got into any of the water ditches, rivers or rice paddys which we all waded through. Sometimes up to our arm pits. Seems funny that Prostrate Cancer is listed yet not Colon Cancer. If the water level was such that it reached one of these body areas, it was deep enough to reach the other. Past time for this to be included. Colon Cancer kills just as effectively as any other Cancer.

    • Lora Ruckle March 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Please contact me for any information on Agent Orange and colon cancer.

  43. Dawn Smith March 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    My husband served in Vietnam 1967-1968. He passed away from a very aggressive cancer called Richter Syndrome, he had only weeks to live after his diagnosis in late 2011. Please file a claim with the VA if you are eligible to do so. Tomorrow is not a promise, only a gift. Mt beloved Danny was s good man and was proud to have served even after all the negative response when he returned from war. My life has been forever changed because of Agent Orange.

  44. miguel montañez March 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Now that most of them are dead or dying or are too old for fight for their rights is that these people recognize it… we the vets of OIF are fighting for skin diseases and respiratory problems due to the trash burning pits in whole Bahgdad area and every time we file for it they deny it… shit happens and im sure when most of us be dead is when they’ll recognize the damage.Blah blah blah.

  45. Dennis Trem March 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    How about talking about Ft. McClellan the moat contaminated site in the United States.Nobody ever brings it up,but 60 minutes DoD a report on Ft. McClellan you can’t even get now.Monsanto,and our crooked government knew about this,and never informed the military.Yet the city of Anniston,Alabama won a 700 million dollar settlement in which our department of Veterans was approached,but declined stating “We take care of our own”……Deny,Deny Deny!!!! Delayed care is denied care.We are suffering,and dying,but nothing gets done to help us forgotten veterans.Mind you Google Ft. McClellan toxic exposure and have a look for yourself.If you’re an affected Ft. McClellan veteran go to poisonedveterans.com Help spread our story,and thank you all very much for your time.

  46. Vicki Dash-Slesinski March 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Please talk about what happened at Fort McClellan, AL. That fort was closed by the EPA in 1999 due to the contaminination by Agent Orange, PCBs, and other chemicals dating back to 1935. There was a $700 million settlement with Monsanto and the City of Anniston because of the contamination. Military who served there were not notified or allowed to participate in the settlement. I was stationed there in 1975 for basic training and shortly afterwards noticed lesions inside of my nose and was treated for ovarian cancer 10 years ago and have thyroid problems. I am luckier than many. Follow up on the Fort McClellan Notification Act that our inept Congress is supposed to be addressing.

  47. Harold Lawson March 12, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I have filed, re-filed and re-filed an Agent Orange claim and each time there have been problems with it. I have located a very similar Agent Orange claim that was approved. The veteran filing that claim was represented by an attorney who appears to be located on the other side of the country. I have not been able to locate the attorney. Please contact me privately at my email address. Thank you for your help. This has been a fifteen year odyssey, please help me if you can.

  48. Angel Rivera March 11, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I’m a Vietnam veteran from 1970 thy 1971 I got 70% plus unemployed which made it 100% for PTSD now my Heath is very bad and my allergies are very bad those a lot of food I can’t eat because of the allergies and I know it because of the AO very soon I be livening in bubble because my allergies and I was told that where I was In Nam there didn’t spary but I use to see a plane every morning spraying the area I was station at

  49. pamela thomas March 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    my husband served in the Arkansas Army National Guard at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas from around 1970 to 2004. He was also stationed there while in the Army in 1965 before he was sent to France. Agent Orange was sprayed all over that Fort.in the 60’s. Hefelt that he contacted Agent Orange while training there all the years he was in the guard. He filed a claim in 2009 but died in 2010. He had diabetes, heat disease, and copd, plus myelodysplasia ( a bone marrow cancer). His claim was denied but I have been fighting for more than 4 years for my husband and all the soldiers that have trained at Fort Chaffee, Ark. and all of the soldiers that will train there in the future including my grandson.

  50. carol Ibach March 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Take the list of potential disorders post exposure to your primary doctor. Clarify how you will be screened for any potential problem. My Husband was a fighter pilot n Viet Nam 1966. He develop diabetes and neuropathy in his 60″s. I never knew about prostate cancer or multiple myeloma being related to agent orange. As his health went downhill and he had chronic pain attributed to arthritis and became impossible to walk very far or stand, he saw doctors and several ER visits. They completely missed problem, and after he fractured a rib, I insisted on a full thoracic series and they discovered bone lesions.
    Lesions related to prostate cancer metastasis and multiple myeloma! Some new theory out there suggesting PSA tests not be done on men 0ver 77-78. He was 81 when he died and he had not had a PSA test in 3 years!! Despite being 81 he was mentally sharp; terrific pain and he stopped eating and drinking to hasten his demise. I can’t help but think if I had known these potential issues I could have told doctors he could be high risk. Maybe my experience will help someone else.

  51. almoore March 11, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I was stationed at Ft. McClellean, where agent orange and other chemicals were manufactured and stored. I was told by the VA that I couldn’t get on the agent orange health registry since I didn’t serve in Nam.


    • JC Carmody March 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      My husband’s oldest daughter had ovarian cancer at 19. Thankfully it was caught and treated, and she has gone on to have 3 children. However, I don’t know what the long-term effects will be.

  52. gina mccrary March 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    My dad served during this time, not only does he have health issues but so do my sister and i, both with reproductive issues. My little brother died when he was ten, heart issues. Unfortunately no-one of the issues we have are recognized. I know we aren’t the only ones.

  53. Gary l. mcnenly March 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I served as a commo man with the 27 engr. Bn. (C) in the a-shau valley in 1969. We were out there from march 69 to October 69. Returning to the rear for only 3 days of rest. I got home in Jan 70 and showed signs of hyper thyroid disease in October 70. By April of 71, I had full blown thyroid and graves disease. I had a radioactive isotope to kill the thyroid and have taken synthyroid for over 40 yes. My eyes are still being treated for graves disease. We bathed in the rivers, drank the water, washed our clothes and breathed in the dirt for 6 mos. I currently have had a claim in , even though the va . all I know is I was a healthy 19 rear old when I was drafted but came home and got sick..

  54. Frank Zimmer March 11, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I was fixing and repairing tanks from viet-nam and there was this powdered stuff which was Agent Orange our Lt fresh out of school said it wouldn t hurt us so we were ankle high in this stuff…did not have any problems health wise….till 2010 I went in the hospital for diff to breath….it was there the hospital stay of 6 days said I had copd….so I went to a va hospital who said they didn t know what it was….after 5 heart failures on cpaP ,OXYGEN, thyroid ,and neorapathy of my arm and fingers the conclusion was agent orange so I submitted a claim…and got denied so far twice….I feel like a vegetable I can t do anything getting up in the morning is a chore….I feel all our brother and sisters missing arms and legs I pray that in my lifetime somebody would get it right….the duty stations are Lejeune and Camp Pendleton Ca….I didn t run to Canada like my friends

  55. john crowley March 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    i was in Vietnam 69-70. i have AFib since 1995. i want to know if Agent Orange caused this desease? and ifso how do i get tested?

  56. General Dishman March 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hi, I’m the son of a Vietnam veteran, who served is country with pride. Now, he is thinking the war isn’t over, do to him fighting for his life, my life, my brothers life and my sister life, al do to Agent Orange Exposure. I’m glad he gets all of his medical care at the VA hospital in Topeka KS, but for me and my siblings, do not get help. Do to 2nd generation exposure of Agent Orange, cause there is no help in the government system for us to get. But, this Agent Orange Exposure is done by the government, but not willing help the families of the veteran. Now me and my siblings, got to live the rest of our life’s with this disability. For me, I have 38 out of about 800 side affects of Agent Orange exposure, so far and symptoms I do have, disable me enough not to be able to work. And all this, is done by our government, now it is time to let other Americans know what our government done, and time for American government to help 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation of Agent OrangeExposure.

  57. FRANCIS P .DROHAN March 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm





  58. George Patton March 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I was a C-130A crew member flying incountry out of Saigon and CamRahn Bay ’68-’70. Prior on C-141A flying in and out of there ’66-’68. We saw this awful poision being sprayed almost everyday but were told it was just bug spray and not to worry. We also transported and handled this stuff on our aircraft. Now I, along with many others, are paying the price! Check your PSA etc brothers and good health to you all!

  59. David Bessey March 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    What about the pyristomine bromide test done on us in the 80 and 90s at various Air Force bases…the bromide destroyed our endocrine systems. The drug normally used on Lupis patients was tested as a precursor drug for atropine injection in combat zones that have exposure to nerve agents. A senate hesring expised this 1994 time frame. But Dod and VA ha.ve only treated the symptoms

  60. calvin r. vaughn March 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    i was a refrigeration/air conditioning specialist in usaf. when i arrived at harlingen AFB, tx., there was a notification on the bulletin board that we were to begin using a new safe chemical to wash compressor parts during overhaul & service. the
    new chemical trichloroethene-trichloroethylene. our hands and arms were routinely exposed to the liquid and vapors during
    my nearly four years there.

    • cleve March 27, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Check out what the EPA says about that chemical you will be very suprised that you are still alive

  61. A. Bryson March 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Yet I served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, received a Bronze Star Medal from Desert Storm and cannot have my records annotated Agent Orange exposure.
    I am a 100% disabled veteran and when I spoke to a VA representative and explained I was exposed to Agent Orange while assigned to Johnston Atoll 1978-1979 and have pictures of Agent Orange stacked 25 feet high and as far as the eye could see and all leaking.
    When I explained I had stood in ankle deep Agent Orange while daily while on duty as an MP patrolling the area it was stored.
    When I told the VA Agent Orange representative from the Hampton Virginia VA Hospital about my exposure and that I had pictures to prove my claim he replied “I don’t care if you have pictures of you drinking Agent Orange, if you weren’t assigned to a Vietnam APO you have NO CLAIM”!

  62. Cletus Brown March 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I went for a c/p exam and the regional office ordered a environmental exam but the places where they sent me for the exam refused to put me on the registry to get the exam go figure there are intirely to many want-to-be chiefs costing the VA time and money to do absolutely nothing. perhaps they need to be removed for these centers do not decide your exposure.

  63. Wesley Bal March 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    My Dad served two tours as a helicopter pilot/commander, flew thru stuff on a daily basis. Healthy as an ox until age 79, came down with acute leukemia and died a year later. His hematologist/oncologist said it had to be the Agent Orange.
    VA has denied my Mom’s claim….. Where’s the justice for our veterans…

    • Kristin Montgomery March 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      My grandfather was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam as well. I don’t know if my Grandma filed a claim or not, but same circumstances. He was healthy one day and found full body cancer the next. Passed away within 6 months of diagnosis. He was 69. I’m very sorry for your loss as well.

    • sas March 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Why did they deny her claim? I have been receiving benefits since my husband passed in 2007. He passed Oct, first check received was Feb – less than three months after his death. We had a minor child at the time who also received $ benefits, insurance ad then monthly support while he attended college.

      Do not go through a VA rep – file online yourself and make sure all documentation is sent in.

  64. Gary R Swearingen March 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm


  65. Bob Mulholland March 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Another example of “great” tactics by the US Military. While we were in Vietnam, we were told that the spraying will kill everything that grows but will not cause humans any problems. The insiders (the manufacturers, etc.) knew otherwise. Then when the truth started coming out, the various entities denied any possible health problems and the denials went on for years. Fifty years after the spraying started, the VA is doing a lot to help us veterans but my guess- a number of veterans passed away before they got help. Post WW 11, it was the Atomic veterans that heard the denials. After the first Gulf War, veterans with big health problems, heard the denials. In Iraq & Afghanistan, the military had low ranking troops handle the burn pits (what’s new) including burning plastic bottles (illegal in the US to burn) and now many troops are showing up with lung problems. Bob Mulholland. 101st Airborne (Vietnam, 1967-68), Chico, Ca

    • sas March 21, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Surviving spouse are eligible to receive benefits. I have been receiving since my husbands death in 2007. Go online for quicker file and turn around. VA reps are swamped and it takes much longer.

  66. Adrain Dykstra Hurst March 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for bringing this to light. What about the research done at the DeBakey VA Hospital in Houston that identifies many genetic mutations caused by Agent Orange and passed to children of male Veterans. I know I saw it, as i worked for Baylor College of Medicine.
    My Dad passed in 2009 due go Agent Orange. It is bitter sweet to have begged for help for his Agent Orange exposure, only to be turned away, and now have it as a cause of death. I know too many adult chilren of Vietnam Veterans that suffer from similar diseases passed on by their Dads bad genes.
    What about us?

    • Bradley James Brisard March 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

      I’m also a Bluewater Navy Veteran. USS Boston. We gave artillery support up and down the coast. We sat in DaNang Harbor and fired support. AO was in our drinking water, coffee, and food0. Our uniforms were washed in it. When will we get help from the VA?

      • Gloria Comper March 13, 2015 at 2:17 am

        My late hubby was exposed to Agent Orange. I met him a year after he came home from serving aboard a destroyer during the war.

        Our children both have reproductive defects, daughter with t-shaped uterus, had to have hysterectomy in 20’s. Heart problems. Son has undersized testicles and probably not be able to have children either. He also has asthma from an early age.

        I don’t understand why males are not given the same consideration for passing on birth defects as women are.

        • sas March 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

          I agree. My husband was a marine and in Viet Nam 68-70. He passed away from lung cancer due to AO in 2007. Prior to his passing, he started the process for benefits — after his passing, his benefits were approved. I remember him telling me in the early 80’s he had received a check from the gov’t due to exposure to AO and then the checks stopped. I am still able to receive monthly cash benefits and medical.

          I believe they need to look deeper into medical issues with children of all vets who served during that time. Our sons both have chronic coughs and asthma. Our youngest son was born 1992 (22 years after my husbands exposure) and his health issues are just as bad as oldest son who was born in 1995 (15 yrs after exposure).

          These men and women went above and beyond to serve our country. The least we can do is support their plight and push congress to speed up the process People who are waiting years is so unfair. We did the process ourselves as when we met the VA rep he was very negative and discouraging (almost purposely to frustrate us to give up). I did all the research and we filled out forms, filed them ourselves and called directly to follow up. I’m not saying all reps are like that but of they are dealing with numerous claims, yours may take awhile. File online and make sure you have all supporting documents when you submit. My husbands claim took less than 6 months from the time he initially filed.

  67. robert gieringer March 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    blue water navy here on board the Robert k hunington dd781 we cooked washed with agent orange water I have chest pain dibeties type 2 when will the v help us

    • Jerri March 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      My father passed away in 2000 from lung cancer that was caused by Agent Orange. I have had a total hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer. I agree that they need to recognize issue the children of the vets face.

  68. Shawn Beck March 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I am a women’s health nurse at a VA Medical Center. I have 3 women whom were station at Fort McCellan, AL (and the community has already won a lawsuit if the information I have read is correct) with the WAC’s. To date I have not been able to find information on what effect AO has on Women. It is very interesting to me all 3 of these women have not been able to bear children. One of them have had breast cancer with no family histoy. Another one has had cancerous tumors removed. I have often wondered if AO effects men’s reproductive organs what does it do to women’s. Looking to hearing from you about your finding of AO and Women’s Health. Thank You for your time and service.

    • FRANCIS P .DROHAN March 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm


    • gina mccrary March 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      My dad has ao, just diagnosed with cancer. My sister and I both had reproductive issues and had to have hysterectomy. Wishing they would recognize children with other health issues.

      • Virginia mounts March 12, 2015 at 12:05 am

        I am 36 years old and my father served in vietnam. He died in 1986 when I was 7 due to cancer. I have had reproductive issues. I lost 2 babies before conceiving my oldest who just turned 6. When my youngest was 3 months old I had to have a hysterectomy.

        • Karl Dew March 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

          I truly feel you should be covered for your losses.. This was so bad for so many and still effects many still today.. My dad and uncle were there in 65-68 and my uncle died 4 years ago from AO I hope my aunt see this and gets what she has coming to her as I know the VA was taking care of him but not sure to how much. So sorry for all you have gone through

    • Jan Gomes March 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I was stationed at Ft McClellan (Ft McToxic) TWICE!!! Did my basic there in 1973/74 and then ended up there again until I got out in 12/76. I’ve been trying to get VA medical for years and keep getting turned down. I, too, have NEVER been able to have children. Coincidence or consequence of Ft. McToxic??? I just filed for medical bennies again last Saturday……will probably be turned down yet again.

  69. Dick Miale March 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    In regards to the time limitations of Neuropathy, what happens when you were not aware you were exposed to Agent Orange until much later in your life? I was in Vietnam 1961-1962 and for years, I wasn’t even aware that I was exposed until 2 years ago. I have other symptoms such as diabetes and non hodgkins lymphoma until 2013. I have neuropathy in my lower extremities and because it wasn’t identified until a few years ago, I cannot claim it. Did I get it from Agent Orange exposure, or because of my diabetes I don’t know.

    • Monica March 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      You CAN be service connected for neurapathy in lower extremeties years after Vietnam. Ask for a C & P exam and point blank ask the dr if your condition “as likely as not” is a result of exposure to agent orange. If those exact words are used, the dr has to say yes. If the dr says yes, VA must error on the side of the veteran. My husband got it, you can too.

      • Bill Anderson March 11, 2015 at 11:39 pm


        apply for ‘complications of diabetes’ and for diabetes.
        Get help from state VA offices.

      • Ryan Allen Begley March 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        My father is a Vietnam Vet and would like to get more info on the neurothopy problem as he too is being Cut back on his benefits from 40% to 10%. Please help. Reply to Email: Begleyra112@gmail.com. Any help is much appreciated.

  70. MSgt Foster March 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I handled , mixed and power sprayed Agent Orange herbicides on Andersen AFB Guam from Sept 68 to Jun 78 during the Vietnam War and later.

    • Kenneth A McKay March 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Will you give more info on Dr Erickson
      Does he have a website. Maybehis full name
      We are in an A/O appeal and can always
      Use more good research.

  71. Jacqueline V Stewart March 11, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Dr. Erickson, Thank you for your service. My husband is a combat Vietnam Veteran. He was in Dong Ha and Quang Tri. Thanks to your research and writings he feels comfort knowing Agent Orange sicknesses are real. Thanks again for caring for the Vietnam Veterans. Sincerely, Jackie Stewart

  72. Frank Santillan March 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I was stationed at Bien Hoa AFB from 70-72 we could see them spraying this stuff.I went to the VA for Agent Orange screening and the lady told me ,We don’t take blood work nor x-Ray anyone we just take down your information most vets come in here to have their benefits encreast .when we left she told the lady behind the disk ,Don’t you ever send me an Agent Orange vet again, ,they both looked at me like I was the bad guy,

    • jeffrey jones March 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      you need to go to your american legion and have them file a claim. end of subject. collect your medical history from your doctors (a copy of your med. record) and also go to the va to have your hearing checked. then have the legion va rep file a claim for all of your medical conditions, whether you think they are related to agent orange or not is irrelevant. let the va decide which is related and which is not all they can do is say no to each specific claim, or they might surprise you and say yes. the process takes about 1 1/2 years but if you are given a disability they will pay you back dated to the date of the original claim. do not delay. do it now.

      • Cheryl Sinclair March 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        A Year and a Half, jeffrey jones? HA! We’ve been waiting now since 2006 for decisions on some of my husbands health problems….Diabetes Type II, Peripheral Neuropathy, Skin problems, CAD….quadruple coronary bypass and stints….just to name a few.

        Be prepared for a fight when you file a claim because they don’t want to admit a darn thing!!

    • Garry Gross March 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Bien Hoa Airbase had 2 Ranch Hand C-123s stationed there in 1970. They sprayed the surrounding area as well as other places. Your state will usually have a list of VA advocates, any of which can help you file a claim.

    • Tom Carlson March 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I was stationed at Camp Ranger outside Bien Hoa 1965-66. Pulled many ambushes at the end of the air base runway. I developed Diabetes ll in 2001 and applied for diisability at that time. I had no problem with the VA or any of it’s representatives. Despite carefully monitoring my Diabetes, it has progressed. I now have KIdney disease related to DMll. My claim is now being processed. I live in Maryland and my representitive is the Maryland Veterans Assistance. I can’t recommend them more highly. Get the DAV or VFW or your state program to represent you. Don’t do it alone! They will be able to work around the red tape inherent to any government program.
      Along with DMll, over the years I have been diagnosed with PTSD, EHD and Tinnitus. I have never had to wait more then 8 months for a claim to be processed.

    • G Sablan March 14, 2015 at 4:26 am

      I was up north by the DMZ, as a Marine and you know we were all exposed to this stuff. I was at Ka shaun when 3 C-123’s came flying right out the perimetere spraying. Nice sight to see, 3 in V formation. not to know what that stuff they are spraying is going to effect all of us later nown the road. Thjis is the 4th time I am appying for Agent Orange. Presently I am at 70% and Agent Orange was not included. For no one mention the agent till just these past couple of year.

    • leon hernandez March 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      a high percentage of viet nam soldiers are just included with todays todays army. if we could be forgotten we would be. ww 11
      is still remembered for its heroes but in nam there were no heroes just names on a wall. I gave my country 3 1/2 yrs over and
      I would go again if told again. the worst part is how I get judged years after its all over. mainly because of my ptsd and from a business that I thought that serves exclusively to military. that`s why some soldiers say “a bronze star” and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee anywhere. 100% disabled and will never forget my brothers****SSgt leon hetnandez

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