Agent Orange exposure can result in devastating conditions and life-threatening diseases. Many people automatically assume that Vietnam veterans were the only members of the armed forces to face exposure. Contact a toxic chemical exposure claims lawyer, to learn more about your legal options to receive VA benefits due to Agent Orange exposure.
In the past, the Department of Veterans Affairs claimed that Navy personnel who served off the shore of Vietnam had not been exposed to Agent Orange as there were no “boots on the ground.” Recently, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Blue Water Veterans are entitled to the same presumptions of exposure to Agent Orange as veterans with boots on the ground in Vietnam. Other Navy veterans had already been eligible for this presumption if their ships conducted operations by using Vietnam’s inland waterways. It’s already become clear that VA is working to deny Blue Water Veterans their compensation; contact us today for a free case review if you served off the coast of Vietnam.
While Agent Orange’s military application in Vietnam is well-documented, the active herbicide, sometimes referred to as tactical herbicides by VA, was used in numerous other areas during the time of the Vietnam War and even afterwards. While VA has not historically recognized non-Vietnam locations when considering Agent Orange exposure, this stance has started to change in recent years. Even if VA does not recognize your duty location as a presumptive exposure location, we may be able to help prove you were exposed to Agent Orange during your military service, depending on where you were stationed. Although the list is ever-growing, some of the places that Agent Orange and tactical herbicides were used include:
If you were stationed in any of the above areas or at any other location where you believe you may have been exposed to Agent Orange or tactical herbicides, it is crucial to consult with a skilled attorney. Our team understands the complex process of proving exposure to these toxins when applying for or appealing VA benefits. Contact us today.
VetLaw’s experienced team is available to discuss any potential Agent Orange or tactical herbicide exposure with you, and provide you with a free case review if you have been denied VA benefits. Contact us today by phone, e-mail, or by completing our convenient online contact form.