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Vietnam: Agent Orange

Exposure to Agent Orange, the herbicide used to kill off dense plant life, caused multiple conditions in veterans of the Vietnam War.  All Veterans who served a single day in Vietnam, are presumed exposed as a matter of law. Some veterans who served in Korea along the DMZ during the Vietnam War were also exposed. The following conditions have been identified as service-connected by the Veterans Administration:

  • Acute and Sub-acute Peripheral Neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chloracne (or Similar Acneform Disease)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory cancers
    • Lung
    • Bronchus
    • Larynx
    • Trachea
  • Soft-tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s Sarcoma or Mesotheliorna)

On March 10, 2010, the VA published a proposed regulation to establish B-cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, and Ischemic heart disease, as associated with Agent Orange exposure. Any updates to this legislation or any new related legislation will be posted to

Apply for Benefits with an Alpha Advocate – Vets Helping Vets

If you do not receive a fully favorable decision from the VA, or you disagree with the percentage given to your disability, we can help you appeal for more.

It can take months, in many cases, years, for the VA to grant benefits. If you think you have a service-connected disability, or need help to prove that you do, the Alpha team is ready to help you.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.