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VA adds three new Agent Orange presumptions

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


VA presumes that certain conditions are related to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service in Vietnam, and Vietnam Veterans who have these conditions will automatically be qualified for certain benefits. As a result of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act, VA added three new conditions that are related to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides: bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism (also known as Parkinson-like conditions).  

Vietnam War-era Veterans and their survivors who previously filed and were denied benefits for one of these three new presumptive conditions will have their cases automatically reviewed without the need to refile a claim. VA will send letters to impacted Veterans and survivors.

VA presumes that the health problems listed below are related to herbicide exposure during Vietnam service. Also, VA presumes certain birth defects in children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans are associated with Veterans’ qualifying military service. 

New presumptions are in bold:

• AL Amyloidosis

• Bladder cancer

• Chronic B-cell Leukemias

• Chloracne

• Diabetes Mellitus Type 2

• Hodgkin’s Disease

• Hypothyroidism

• Ischemic Heart Disease

• Multiple Myeloma

• Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

• Parkinsonism

• Parkinson’s Disease

• Peripheral Neuropathy, Early- Onset

• Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

• Prostate Cancer

• Respiratory Cancers

• Soft Tissue Sarcomas


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