When The Department of Veterans Affairs added new presumptive disabilities to the list of disease from exposure to Agent Orange, it not only added benefits for the veterans but also made certain widows of Vietnam veterans eligible for benefits.
The new presumptive diseases are B-cell Leukemia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Ischemic Heart Disease.
The first two diseases are pretty self explanatory. Ischemic Heart Disease, however, is the panoptic under which many conditions fall. Simply put, it is blood flow restriction; for example, myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular accident (stroke), among others.
If the veteran’s death was caused by the new presumptive conditions or a contributing factor, benefits could be payable. This includes a monthly compensation, health care and more.
Widows of veterans under DVA definition are spouses who remained married to the veteran until his/her date of death, and are currently unmarried.