Agent Orange Newsletter - Summer 2016 - Public Health
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Agent Orange Newsletter - Summer 2016

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

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In this issue...

Research to Improve VA Policies and Health Care
Beginning in 1991, VA contracted with the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) to review scientific and medical information related to the health effects of exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides. HMD released the first report of its findings, entitled “Veterans and Agent Orange,” in 1994 and was required to release updated reports every two years through 2016. Keep reading to learn about the recently released tenth report in this series.

VA Plans to Expand Benefits Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Veterans
People living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. Learn more in this article about the new proposed rule that will expand benefits eligibility for Veterans, members of the Reserves, and members of the National Guard who were assigned to Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987.

Have You Heard of Exposure Ed?
VA's Exposure Ed mobile app helps health care providers better address Veterans' questions about the health effects of military exposures and exposure-related benefits and services. Read on to find out how you can get the Expsoure Ed mobile app.

Agent Orange Exposure Locations
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation. Continue reading to learn about locations where herbicides were used.

The Fastest Way to Get a Disability Claim Decision
If you’re a Veteran who needs to file a disability compensation claim for the first time or you need to submit a new claim for a previous service-related condition, there is now a faster, easier way to get a claim decision. With the help of your local Veterans Service Officer, you can file an electronic claim, eClaim, through eBenefits and get a faster VA decision. Find out more about eClaims in this article.

VE-HEROeS: Studying the Health of Vietnam Veterans
VA is inviting approximately 54,000 Americans to join the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS), a national study on the health and well-being of Vietnam Veterans, Blue Water Navy Veterans, and Veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961-1975). Keep reading to learn more about the VE-HEROeS health study.


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