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Community providers: Learn about Agent Orange and caring for Vietnam-era Veterans

Webinar provides community providers with understanding of Agent Orange, how its exposure affects Veteran well-being, conditions to screen for and make recommendations to improve health outcomes.

By |January 22nd, 2021|Health|6 Comments

VA releases updated DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam

VA has released an updated DOD list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military.

By |January 27th, 2020|Benefits, Health, News Releases, Top Stories|40 Comments

Agent Orange presumption policy leads to higher VA health care use

Researchers found those with presumptive conditions were more than twice as likely as those without the conditions to be frequent users of primary and specialty care in the VA health care system.

By |June 19th, 2018|Health, Research|52 Comments

VA begins awarding compensation for C-123 Agent Orange claims

In 1997, 10 years after retiring from a 34-year career in the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve, Edward Kosakoski was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Though his last assignment in the Reserve was as commander of the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, it was during the mid-1970s and early 1980s that Lt. Col. K was exposed to Agent Orange [...]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Benefits, Top Stories|46 Comments

10 things every Veteran should know about Agent Orange

1. Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant used in Vietnam Agent Orange was a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed from 1962 to 1971 during the Vietnam War to remove the leaves of trees and other dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. The U.S. Department of Defense developed tactical herbicides specifically to be used in “combat operations.” They were not commercial [...]

By |March 10th, 2015|Health, Top Stories|101 Comments

VA Nearly Done With Agent Orange Claims

About two years ago, Secretary Shinseki made the decision to award presumptions of service connection to certain diseases that may have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. That decision added nearly a quarter of a million claims to an already stressed backlog, but it was a long overdue victory for Vietnam Vets and their families who waited too long for [...]

By |June 19th, 2012|Top Stories|87 Comments

Ships Added to List for Agent Orange Presumptives

Last year, VA added ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia and other chronic B-cell leukemias, and Parkinson's disease to the list of diseases presumed to be related to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. It was a long time coming for Veterans who have been debilitated by diseases they may have contracted as a result of their combat deployment. So far, over $2.2 billion has [...]

By |September 2nd, 2011|Top Stories|13 Comments

Veteran disability payments led to fewer hospitalizations

In 2001, VA made diabetes a presumptive condition for disability compensation. Veterans who served with "boots on the ground" in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during the Vietnam war were eligible. The decision was based on an Institute of Medicine report that found a possible association between exposure to Agent Orange and diabetes.

By |June 22nd, 2022|Research|Comments Off on Veteran disability payments led to fewer hospitalizations

Health Coaching: Managing illness and loss, one breath at a time

Army Veteran Elaine Knowles explained how Whole Health Coaching helped her manage during her late husband’s treatment and hospice care for Agent Orange related lung cancer.

By |May 27th, 2022|Health|Comments Off on Health Coaching: Managing illness and loss, one breath at a time
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