New AO coveraged released : NEW AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE CONDITIONS
BACKGROUND AND SUGGESTED SCRIPTS
Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the
VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits. Ask your VA
representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver
Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty, Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.
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ISSUED DATE: JANUARY 6, 2021
VA presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service. This is because of the unique
circumstances of a specific Veteran’s military service. If a presumed condition is diagnosed in a
Veteran in a certain group, they can be awarded disability compensation. Veterans who may have
been exposed to Agent Orange include Veterans who served in different locations, including Vietnam,
the Korean Demilitarized Zone, on Thai Air Force bases, at other locations, and who flew on or
worked on C-123 Aircraft.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) (H.R.6395) added three (3)
more conditions to the Agent Orange presumptive-conditions list wherein Veterans who were exposed
to Agent Orange may qualify for benefits:
• bladder cancer,
• hypothyroidism, and
• Parkinsonism, or Parkinson-like symptoms.
Veterans and survivors are encouraged to submit claims.