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Agent Orange Newsletter - 2018

Agent Orange Newsletter: Information for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families.

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Dr. Loren Erickson , MD, MPH, DrPH

As both a Veteran and the son of a Vietnam Veteran, and as the Director and Chief Consultant for VA’s Post Deployment Health Services (PDHS), I welcome you to the 2018 issue of the Agent Orange Newsletter. This newsletter includes information for Veterans and their families who may be concerned about herbicide exposure. I appreciate the contributions of Veterans, and I hope this issue of the newsletter provides you with helpful information.

This issue provides information on the conditions that VA presumes are caused by Agent Orange exposure and how to obtain benefits for health conditions. You can also read about the health care and benefits available to those who have lived or worked at Camp Lejeune and about liver fluke infection from eating undercooked or raw fish during military service in Southeast Asia. In addition, this issue profiles Veterans who have served in Vietnam and their reflections on VA services, including the Agent Orange Registry.

PDHS is a VA-delivered Foundational Service, meaning its work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA. Along with the information provided in this newsletter, you can learn more from PDHS about diseases, benefits, and other resources related to Agent Orange at agentorange/index.asp and about other military exposures at


In this issue...

VE-HEROeS study – Data collection complete
VA researchers finished data collection for the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS), a large nationwide study comparing the health and well-being of U.S. Vietnam War Veterans to other U.S. Veterans who served elsewhere during the same time period and to similarly aged members of the U.S. public without military experience.

Camp Lejeune - Health Care and Benefits
VA provides health and disability benefits for Veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps Base in North Carolina, between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 days.

Environmental Health Coordinators - Helping Veterans like You
Learn about VA's health registries, including the Agent Orange Registry, and the Environmental Health Coordinators across the country who can help you join.

Disability Compensation for Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Read about eligibility criteria for Veterans who served in Vietnam, and important information for filing a claim for benefits.

Calling All Vietnam Veterans: It's to Your Benefit to Join the Agent Orange Registry
Vietnam Veteran Bill Outlaw signed up for the Agent Orange Registry. It was easy, free, and he is in the system should he develop one of the presumed medical conditions in the future.

Bile Duct Cancer and Liver Fluke Infection - What You Need to Know
Veterans might have been infected with tiny parasitic worms called liver flukes after eating raw or undercooked freshwater fish during their military service. The irritation and scarring caused by liver fluke infection can lead to bile duct cancer, a rare cancer.

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