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Children of Vietnam Veterans Affected by Agent Orange


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12/1/2011
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As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains a presumptive illness list upon, which Vietnam veterans can base their disability claims. According to an article in The Daily American, children of Vietnam veterans can also become infected by the dioxin found in Agent Orange.

Dioxin was the key ingredient used in Agent Orange, and has been “termed as second only to radiation exposure to nuclear weapons and nuclear fueled electrical energy generation plants.” Children of Vietnam veterans can have multiple diseases and/or illnesses passed on to them through their parents exposure to Agent Orange, such as:

  • ·        slow learning and development;
  • ·        Spina Bifida;
  • ·        multiple types of cancers;
  • ·        multiple types of birth defects;
  • ·        diabetes;
  • ·        immune system abnormalities; and
  • ·        endometriosis.

Now that the second generation of people has been diagnosed with exposure to Agent Orange, people are concerned that it may be possible that the third generation can also be affected. Legislators are being pushed to make health care benefits available to children and grandchildren who have been victimized by Agent Orange.

Thousands of veterans with disabilities have filed for, or are currently receiving, disability compensation related to their exposure to Agent Orange. If you believe you aren’t receiving your rightful benefits, you should seek legal counsel.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.



Category: Veterans' Disability


4 Comments to "Children of Vietnam Veterans Affected by Agent Orange"

Unfortunately, the Benefits for Veteran's Children with Birth Defects offered through VA are limited to children of male Vietnam vets that are suffering specifically from spina bifida. Additional disabilities and conditions are covered if the biological mother was a Vietnam veteran, but as for the male vet's offspring only that condition is considered "compensable" at this time. There are many advocacy groups working for VA to incorporate additional conditions for the male veteran's children, but at present this limitation is still part of the law. Due to these restrictions our firm would not be able to assist your girlfriends father in filing a claim for him and/or his children's residual health condition as a result of her father's exposure.

Please refer to this section of the VA's website for additional information on the eligibility criteria for these types of benefits with the VA: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits_children.asp

Thank you for your consideration.
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on July 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Hello, my girlfriend's father was exposed to agent orange during his tour in vietnam and as a result she was born without a uterus. Can you help or lend any information of someone who can?
Posted by michael wood on July 26, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Good Afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquiry.

Children of male veterans exposed to herbicides are generally not eligible for benefits from VA except for those with spina bifida.
Unfortunately, we would not be able to assist you.
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on March 12, 2013 at 08:38 AM
I was born in 1968. My father was exposed to Agent Orange in 1967. Over a course of years I have had several medical problems such as diabetes,pcos,hysterectomy, and joint pain. Can you help?
Posted by Claudia M. Curtis on March 11, 2013 at 01:54 PM

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