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Agent Orange Related Conditions

If you are a veteran who stepped foot in Vietnam, please be aware that you were exposed to Agent Orange. Agent Orange exposure has caused many veterans health concerns, in which you are eligible to file a claim for. If you have any of the following conditions, please contact our office to set up an appointment to file a claim so you can get compensated for your condition(s):

  • Amyloidosis (AL)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Chloracne
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • *Soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma Kaposi's sarcoma or mesothelomia)
  • Hodgkins disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory cancers (cancers of the lung, bronchus, larynx and trachea)
  • Type 2 diabetes (also known as Type II diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

*The term soft tissue sarcoma includes the following:

  • Adult fibrosarcoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • Malignant fibrous histicytoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Epithelioid leiomyosarcoma (malignant leiomyoblastoma)
  • Proliferating systemic angioendotheliomatosis
  • Malignant glomus tumor
  • Malignant hemangiopericytoma
  • Malignant giant cell tumor of tendon sheath
  • Malignant schwannoma, including malignant schwannoma with rhabdomyoblastic differentation
  • Malignant Triton tumor and glandular epithelioid malignant schwannoma
  • Malignant mesenchymoma
  • Malignant granular cell tumor
  • Alveolar soft part scaroma
  • Epithelioid sarcoma
  • Clear cell sarcoma of tendons and aponeuroses
  • Extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma
  • Congenital and infantile fibrosarcoma
  • Malignant ganglioneuroma

In order to file a claim, we will need the following items:

  • DD214
  • Doctor's name, address and phone number of treatment for each condition (if it is a private doctor, other than the VA) and date of treatment for each condition
  • Marriage certificate (as applicable)

DIC (for widows)

If you are the widow of a veteran who served in Vietnam, and your spouse passed away from any of the above conditions, and you have not re-married, please contact our office as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to DIC (dependency indemnity compensation), which is tax free compensation based on the fact that your spouse passed away from a condition caused from Agent Orange exposure. Items we will need are:

  • DD214
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate, showing one or more of the above presumptive as cause of death, primary or secondary
  • Paid funeral bill

Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County does not guarantee your claim to go through. We are here to assist you in filing your paperwork for the claims process. Once we submit the paperwork, it goes to the Regional Office, where it will be assigned a Rater who will eventually make the decision on your claim. We keep track of claims by keeping copies of any documents submitted in case paperwork happens to get lost at the Regional Office. We are here to assist you in any way we can.

Please keep in mind, the whole claims process takes approximately 12-24 months to complete. If you are awarded compensation, you will get pay backdated from the month after your claim was filed up until the decision was made.

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