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BETTER GET THOSE CLAIMS IN Due to Agent Orange, Veteran awarded $459,700

March 20, 2012


A local Vietnam War veteran has been awarded a $459,700 benefit because of their exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the war and the later onset of ischemic heart disease.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) completed a rating decision this month, making an evaluation of 100 percent, effective November 1994, for the Clinton County veteran. A 100 percent rating is the highest disability rating, according to Ray Souder, executive director of the Clinton County Veterans Service Office.
Ischemic heart disease is a disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, leading to chest pain, said the VA’s Web site. The VA’s regulation recognizing ischemic heart disease as related to exposure to herbicides took effect in late October 2010. The Clinton County veteran originally filed a claim in November 1994, according to a news release from the Clinton County Veterans Service Office.
Vietnam War veterans exposed to herbicides do not have to prove a connection between their ischemic heart disease and military service to be eligible to receive VA benefits.
That’s because the numbers of Vietnam veterans who have the medical condition “are so overwhelming” compared to the general population that the VA presumes ischemic heart disease in Vietnam veterans resulted from exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange, Souder said.
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  1. Chris Reply

    My father has been struggling with heart issues for years and the VA is telling him that he has non Ischemic Heart Disease and it wasn't caused by Agent Orange.  I don't believe it.  Can someone point me in the right direction to talk to someone to help get him disability compensation and other options?

  2. Roger Cook Reply

    I have renal cancer with my keft kidney being removed….I was denied as that is not one of the cancers that AO causes.  I had NHL and Diabetes type 2 at the same time..Has anyone had renal cancer ?

    • admin Reply

      Dear Roger,

      Thank you for visiting our website and commenting. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. Welcome Home. Yes other Vietnam veterans have had renal cancer.

  3. Carol Reply

    My husband is 100% disable due to Ischemic heart disease due to agent orange. It only took us about 4 months to get it approved. If I can help you guys in any way please let me know. Good Luck and God Bless.

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I am sure there are people who you can help. We now have moved our support community to our website. You can join and connect with others affected by their parent(s) exposure to agent orange. We also will be adding a page covering FAQs.

  4. Sandy Hunter Reply

    My late x husband had Porphia cutana tarda which is a blood disease cause by his exposure to agent orange.  We filed a claim and it was denied, refiled, denied, their reason, he hadn't seen a DR within a year of leaving Viet Nam.  Well this blood disorder doesn't show it self for decades.  It silently destroyed his liver and there is a possible connection to the Hep C he had because of the blood disease.  He was very ill.  We filed again for PTSD and they denied that because we had been married so long.  Not even dealing with the details behind that.  Anyway, they denied him long enough and then he died.  So sad that many vets don't get the help they need.  It isn't about getting money in large sums, just the help they need when they need it.  At least for us anyway.  I hope that there will be help for current and future vets.
    God bless the men and women who serve to keep us free.  If we can stay free.

  5. Larry First Reply

    I have the same problem as well as many other Agent Orange created illnesses. How did he get so much or was this a long period claim? I am getting compensation benefits but have no other income. Anything would help my family and myself. My days are limited, then my family will only get a portion of my benefits. This is hardly fair to them so I am trying to get what I can. Thank you.

  6. Griselda Peralta Reply

    would like to receive more info

  7. Sylvester J Otting Reply

    I am a veteran of the Viet-nam war lost both legs in the war though I was exposed to agent orange could use more information.

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