Vietnam Vets Can Collect Disability Benefits

You Could Be Eligible For Vietnam Veterans Disability Compensation

The Veterans Administration has recognized certain cancers and other diseases as presumptive of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Veterans AND THEIR SURVIVORS may be eligible for disability compensation.  ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease; ALL VETS with ALS (not just Vietnam vets) who had 90 days or more of continuous active military service may qualify for disability benefits.

Presumptive Diseases for Vietnam Vets

  • Vietnam vets with AL Amyloidosis are presumptively eligible for disability benefits. This disease is a rare and caused when an abnormal protein enters your body.
  • VA disability benefits may be presumptively available to Vietnam vets with Chronic B Cell Leukemia. This disease is a cancer that affects white blood cells.
  • Vets who served in Vietnam with Chloracne, a skin condition that occurs after exposure to chemicals, may be eligible for disability benefits. There are additional requirements for this condition to qualify for benefits.
  • Military personnel who served in Vietnam and who have Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, a disease characterized by high blood sugar levels, may be eligible for disability benefits
  • VA disability benefits may be available to Vietnam veterans with Hodgkin’s disease.
  • Vietnam vets with Ischemic Heart Disease, a heart condition characterized by reduced supply of blood to the heart, may presumptively qualify for disability benefits.
  • Disability benefits may be available to vets with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells.
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissues that can lead to presumptive disability eligibility for Vietnam veterans.
  • Vietnam veterans with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, may presumptively qualify for VA disability benefits.
  • Disability benefits may be presumptively available to vets who have Peripheral Neuropathy, Early Onset, a nervous system disorder that causes numbness tingling and muscle weakness. There are additional requirements for this condition.
  • The same is true for vets with Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, which is a disorder characterized by liver dysfunction. There are additional requirements for this condition.
  • Vietnam veterans with Prostate Cancer, one of the most common cancers in men, may qualify for VA disability benefits.
  • Military personnel who have respiratory cancers and who served in Vietnam may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas is a cancer in tissues such as muscle, fat, blood, and lymph vessels, as well as connective tissues that may lead to presumptive disability for many Vietnam Veterans.

 Children with Birth Defects

The Veterans Administration that has determined that certain birth defects of children born to a Korean or Vietnam veteran after the veteran served a qualifying service period in Vietnam or the Korean Demilitarized Zone are associated with the veteran’s service in the military. This is especially true of children with Spina Bifida who were born to Vietnam Vets after they returned from service.

 

 



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