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NVLSP is Grateful VA is Expanding Benefits to Agent Orange Exposed C-123 Veterans

NVLSP will continue to monitor how VA manages Agent Orange disability benefits and ensure veterans are treated fairly

NVLSP issues a statement on today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarding a presumption of Agent Orange exposure to military veterans who flew C-123 planes after the Vietnam War. The announcement awards disability benefits to these veterans, many of them Air Force reservists, who did not initially know they were exposed to Agent Orange while flying C-123 planes for the military after the Vietnam war ended. [more]

Released 6/18/15 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP & Veterans Service Organizations File Lawsuit Against VA Over Agent Orange Disability Benefits

VA Secretary Given More than 100 Days to Intervene, VSOs Turn to the Courts for Justice

A group of US military veterans who served in Korea’s demilitarized zone (DMZ) and were exposed to toxic Agent Orange chemicals are being wrongfully denied disability benefits, says a new lawsuit, McKinney v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. [more]

Released 6/3/14 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

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The VA ties 14 diseases to Agent Orange. It will decide whether to add more by Nov. 1

Released 8/3/17 at Military Update | Tags: Agent Orange

VA Secretary David J. Shulkin will decide “on or before” Nov. 1 whether to add to the list of medical conditions the Department of Veteran Affairs presumes are associated to Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War, a department spokesman said Tuesday in response to our inquiry. Any ailments Shulkin might add to VA’s list of 14 “presumptive diseases” linked to herbicide exposure would make many more thousands of Vietnam War veterans eligible for VA disability compensation and health care. [more]

Politics and Cost Wrongly Influence VA Decisions on Agent Orange Vet Benefits

Released 6/17/16 at All Government | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

Last year, a group of federal scientists was debating whether as many as 2,100 Air Force veterans should qualify for cash benefits for ailments they claimed stemmed from flying aircraft contaminated by Agent Orange. An outside panel of experts had already determined that the scientific evidence showed the vets were likely exposed to the toxic herbicide. The scientists within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs agreed the airmen had a strong case. But they had a more calculated concern: If the VA doled out cash to these veterans, others might want it too, according to an internal document obtained by ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot. Bart Stichman, co-executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which has tangled with the VA in court on numerous Agent Orange-related issues, comments in the story. [more]

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