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BENEFIT Alert!

AGENT ORANGE DISEASES

Following the Veterans Judicial Review Act of 1988, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed an Agent Orange Registry (AOR) for veterans who had potentially been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Eligible veterans may still register if they have not yet done so. To register, veterans must undergo a VA-conducted medical exam/medical history profile.

Veterans can file compensation claims for any disability documented during the AOR exam that is included in VA's list of presumptively recognized service-connected conditions related to Agent Orange exposure. Registered veterans receive updates whenever VA expands its list of presumptively recognized service-connected conditions related to Agent Orange. VA recently added two new diseases--prostate cancer and peripheral neuropathy (transient acute or subacute).

VA is still evaluating whether to add Type II diabetes to its list of presumptively recognized service conditions related to Agent Orange. The agency has also begun evaluating and documenting Vietnam veterans' risk factors for hepatitis C and providing antibody testing based on these factors.

AOR information and updates are available on www.va.gov/ agentorange/default.htm.

AGENT ORANGE REGISTRY

The Agent Orange Registry (AOR) program is now open to certain veterans who served in South Korea during 1968-1969. This move follows the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmation that as many as 80,000 veterans serving in Korea during this period were potentially exposed to Agent Orange sprayings along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and immediate areas. These veterans can request an AOR examination and can file compensation claims for any disability found during the AOR exam that is included in VA's list of presumptively recognized service-connected conditions related to Agent Orange exposure.

The Veterans Benefits Department provides this section to update readers on significant benefit changes or resources. These brief updates are intended only to familiarize you with topics appearing in this section. Your local national service officer (NSO) is available to provide more in-depth information.

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Title Annotation:Agent Orange Registry developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Publication:PN - Paraplegia News
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Date:Jan 1, 2001
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