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Florida Veterans’ Disability Claims: Three New Conditions Added to Agent Orange Presumptive List for 2021


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 has added three new conditions to their list of presumptive conditions. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange may qualify for benefits if they have one of the presumptive conditions. The three new additions for 2021 are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism, or Parkinson-like symptoms. To learn more about applying for veterans’ disability benefits in Florida, speak with an Orlando veterans’ disability lawyer.

At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we have years of experience helping injured and sick veterans apply and appeal for benefits they are owed. We can assist no matter whether you are applying for benefits or you need to appeal a denial. Whenever possible, retaining an attorney from the start of the process is best. We know the main reasons disability claims get denied, so we can help you keep from making some of the most common application mistakes.

Existing Diseases Associated with Agent Orange

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange or other eligible herbicides who develop one of these presumptive diseases could qualify for disability benefits:

  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
  • Chloracne
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Exposure to Agent Orange and Herbicides Used in Vietnam

Examples of potential exposure sites include:

  • Agent Orange Vietnam: Presumed exposure on land, on a vessel operating on the inland waterways, or on a ship that operated no more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of Vietnam’s waters and Cambodia between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975;
  • Korean Demilitarized Zone: Possible presumed exposure for units that operated along the DMZ between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971.
  • C-123 Airplanes and Agent Orange Residue: C-123 flight, aeromedical crew, and ground maintenance members might have been exposed to herbicide residue in these planes that were used during and after the Vietnam War.
  • Military Bases in Thailand: Military members stationed in Thailand or at the Royal Thai Air Force base between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1765 could be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Other possible exposure could come from herbicide tests and storage outside of Vietnam, such as Department of Defense testing done at various sites in the United States and other countries.

Understanding Agent Orange Exposure and the Vietnam War Era

During the Vietnam War, the United States used various herbicides to destroy the enemy crops to eliminate foliage, which increased visibility and destroyed food sources. One of the most common ones used was Agent Orange, which had a combination of two kinds of herbicide agents. A byproduct of Agent Orange production was a toxic dioxin contaminant, which many veterans were exposed to while in Vietnam. Many veterans have since developed severe health conditions. Many times, the symptoms didn’t appear for years.

Contact an Orlando Veterans Disability Attorney

If you need assistance with a Florida veterans’ disability claim, it’s essential to speak with our Orlando veterans’ disability lawyers right away. Contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., today to schedule an initial consultation.



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