It has been reported that the effects of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used during the Vietnam War, on veterans – and possibly their children – are still not fully understood, despite more than 20 years of study.
The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of the chemical to kill forests and destroy enemy cover.
Numerous illnesses have been linked to Agent Orange; in some cases the VA extended disability compensation to thousands more veterans. The Vietnam Veterans of America have called on President Obama and VA Secretary McDonald to add bladder cancer and hypothyroidism to the list of service-connected illnesses, along with hypertension, stroke and numerous neurological ailments similar to Parkinson’s disease. If you are a veteran and have been denied benefits, it may be worth contacting a veteran benefits lawyer to evaluate your case.