VA releases list of 149 Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam

Elizabeth Howe
January 28, 2020 - 9:52 am
Vietnam Veteran

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The Department of Veterans Affairs released an updated Department of Defense list of sites outside of Vietnam affected by Agent Orange. There are 149 sites across 11 states and eight countries. 

The list includes sites where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military. The review of sites affected was conducted in response to a November 2018 Government Accountability Office report titled "Actions Needed to Improve Accuracy and Communication of Information on Testing and Storage Locations."

“This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam."

VA claims processing of Blue Water Navy Agent Orange disability claims began on Jan. 1 of this year after VA imposed a delay on those claims in late 2019. 

VA is expected to start processing Blue Water Navy claims Jan. 1. Here's what to know. 

A decision to expand the Agent Orange disability criteria to include four new diseases to the list of conditions veterans experience that are presumed to be caused by Agent Orange exposure was, however, delayed by VA. Wilkie announced in a letter in early January that he would not make a decision regarding this expansion until late 2020 at the earliest.

No decision from VA on Agent Orange benefits expansion until 'late 2020,' Wilkie says

In the meantime, veterans and family members who believe they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits including health exams, health care, and disability compensation for diseases associated with the exposure. 

Beyond the recently released list, veterans can now access the Exposure Ed app from the Department of Veterans Affairs for answers to questions about how the exposure could affect their health. As more information becomes available regarding illnesses, locations, and resources, the app will be updated — as will the list of affected sites. 

If you think you were exposed to toxins during your service, there's an app for that

“DOD will continue to be responsive to the needs of our interagency partners in all matters related to taking care of both current and former service members,” said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. “The updated list includes Agents Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue and White and other chemicals and will be updated as verifiable information becomes available.”

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