The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has finally made disability compensation and accessibility of health care easier for Vietnam Veterans who served from January 9, 1962 until May 7, 1975.If the Veteran served in that time frame and now has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease then it is presumed that they were exposed to pesticides . Now the Veteran does not have to prove an association between their military service and their Parkinson’s Disease.
Now the VA will have to review 90,000 previously denied claims for Parkinson’s Disease, ischemic heart condition, and B-cell leukemias as service related disabilities for Veterans who exposed to Agent Orange .
The Senate Veteran Affairs Committee of Congress will hold a hearing on September 23, 2010 to review and discuss how the VA Secretary made the ruling that these are service related diseases . It is not expected that Congress will block the rule; however, the VA will have to wait 60 days before the VA can begin compensating Veterans.
If you are a Vietnam Veteran and you have not applied for disability benefits, please go to THIS SITE to apply for benefits.