Due to recent research, Congress has added bladder cancer to the Agent Orange presumptive condition list (along with other conditions). This means that the VA will now recognize that your bladder cancer was caused by Agent Orange exposure.
Is bladder cancer and Agent Orange presumptive?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has officially added bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of Agent Orange presumptive conditions that may entitle exposed veterans to disability compensation.
Is bladder cancer on the VA presumptive list?
Following the passing of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, there are now three new conditions on the Agent Orange presumptive list. These conditions include: Bladder Cancer.
What rating does the VA give for bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer is rated under 38 C.F.R. § 4.115a , Diagnostic Code 7528, which provides for a 100 percent rating for malignant neoplasms of the genitourinary system.
What is the average compensation for Agent Orange?
During its operation, the Settlement Fund distributed a total of $197 million in cash payments to members of the class in the United States. Of the 105,000 claims received by the Payment Program, approximately 52,000 Vietnam Veterans or their survivors received cash payments which averaged about $3,800 each.
Is there a blood test for Agent Orange?
As of 2018, there is no medical test for Agent Orange exposure. However, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a free health exam to qualifying veterans.
Who qualifies for Agent Orange benefits?
To qualify, a veteran must show:
- military service in Vietnam during the period of January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1975.
- current diagnosis of: one of the diseases, or residuals of one of the diseases, that the VA recognizes as linked to Agent Orange exposure (see below)
How long does Agent Orange last?
Agent Orange has a short half-life of days and weeks after application to vegetation, and has not been found to persist, after 50 years, in the water or soils of southern Vietnam.
Is peripheral neuropathy caused by Agent Orange?
VA presumes Veterans’ early-onset peripheral neuropathy is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service when the disease appears within one year of exposure to a degree of at least 10 percent disabling by VA’s rating regulations.
What is the disability rating for Agent Orange?
The VA rates active cancer at the 100 percent disability rating, but many other conditions can be linked to Agent Orange which can receive their own rating. You can receive additional money if you have a spouse, children, or dependent parents.
How many Vietnam veterans have bladder cancer?
As many as 83,000 Vietnam veterans are believed to be suffering from bladder cancer, Parkinsonism or hypothyroidism related to Agent Orange exposure, but the majority of them already qualify for other VA benefits.