Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam War’

Disability Benefits Expanded for Air Force Vets Exposed to Contaminated Aircraft

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Vietnam War era veterans stationed in areas and positions that likely exposed them to Agent Orange are often awarded disability benefits under the presumptive diseases provision. In the decades since the Vietnam War, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has identified the numerous health conditions caused by Agent Orange exposure and listed them in a special category of disabilities called presumptive diseases.

Currently, the following Vietnam-era veterans are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange if they have developed any of the presumptive diseases.

  • Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
  • Veterans who served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.
  • Veterans who served on or near the perimeter of Thailand military bases during the Vietnam War era.
  • Veterans who served at testing and storage facilities where herbicides were known to be present.
  • Veterans associated with the Department of Defense’s herbicide testing, disposal, or storage projects at U.S. military facilities.

Now, a new report on the potential contamination of aircraft used in the Vietnam War shows that additional Air Force personnel could have been exposed to Agent Orange.

The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine published a report, “Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft,” reporting that as many as 1,500 to 2,100 Air Force servicemembers who served as flight, medical, and ground maintenance crew members could have been exposed to Agent Orange residue on the planes. This residue could have lasted well after the Vietnam War, as late as 1986.

The VA is encouraging Air Force or Air Force Reserves veterans who served between 1969 and 1986 to assess their medical history to see if they were diagnosed with any of the presumptive diseases. The following locations have a known risk of Agent Orange exposure.

  • Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio (906th and 907th Tactical Air Groups or 355th and 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron)
  • Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts (731st Tactical Air Squadron and 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, International Airport ( 758th Airlift Squadron)

Agent Orange can cause skin conditions, certain types of cancers, diabetes, and many other health conditions in both veterans and their offspring. If you or a loved one suffers from a condition listed as a presumptive disease, and served during the periods where Agent Orange was known to be used, you may qualify for veterans disability benefits.

Contact LaVan & Neidenberg® if your disability claim is denied. We can help you with your veterans disability benefits appeal. Call today – 1-888-234-5758.

Post-Vietnam Era Veterans May Have Been Exposed to Agent Orange

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

New analysis of Agent Orange in the veteran population revealed that more than just Vietnam War veterans may suffer long-term effects from the herbicide. A new report from the Institute of Medicine found that Air Force reservists who served from 1972 to 1982 may have been exposed to contaminated aircraft.

The C-123 planes used to spray Agent Orange on fields and jungles in Vietnam during the war may have contained chemical residue long after spraying of Agent Orange stopped. Twenty-four of these planes were put into regular fleet use in four U.S. Air Force reserve units. These planes were used for medical and cargo transport as well as military airlifts.

Upon the initial discovery of Agent Orange contamination, several Air Force reservists who were on those planes filed claims under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, but were denied benefits because they were not deemed to have “boots on ground” service in Vietnam. These veterans sought advocacy for their conditions and denial of benefits. After extensive chemical testing and discussion of the matter, a committee tasked with reviewing the appeal found it plausible that the reservists could have been exposed to a reasonably serious level of Agent Orange.

Unfortunately, the time for investigation of this matter is long since passed and the investigative committee was unable to locate work records connecting many reservists to the use of specific C-123s known to be contaminated. Levels of contamination have also weakened over the years and it is no longer possible to determine how serious the exposure was back in the 1970s and 80s when the reservists were in service.

Air Force reservists active between 1972 and 1982 who flew in C-123s and believe they now have Agent Orange-related health conditions should speak with a veterans disability advocate to discuss their potential for obtaining veterans disability benefits. When you’re ready to get started with your disability claim, contact LaVan & Neidenberg ® for assistance and support. Call today – 1-888-234-5758.

Agent Orange Exposure May Be a Concern For All Vietnam Veterans

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The toxic Agent Orange herbicide that became famous for its use in the Vietnam War has the potential to cause health conditions for more than just ground troops who served in the Vietnam War. As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) further investigates the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange, they are also learning that the chemical had the potential to harm more than just the servicemembers who were in areas where the defoliant was sprayed.

The VA’s public health website lists several instances where Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange without their knowledge. The following areas and service types are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange:

  • Stationed in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975;
  • Serving on a ship operating on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975; and
  • Serving in the Korean demilitarized zone between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.

The following areas and service types are listed as possible situations where a servicemember may have been exposed to Agent Orange:

  • “Blue Water Veterans” who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam and set foot on Vietnam land or operated on inland waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975;
  • Serving at Thailand military bases between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975;
  • Serving at military bases outside of Vietnam that may have been used for herbicide tests and storage of Agent Orange; and
  • Crew members of C-123 plants flown after the Vietnam War.

Vietnam veterans in the latter four categories will require more substantial documentation that they have reason to suspect they were exposed to Agent Orange during their service and that the exposure is now causing their health conditions. The VA maintains a listing of U.S. Coast Guard and Navy ships that are known to have transported Agent Orange, as well as a listing of health conditions connected to herbicide exposure.

Agent Orange exposure is a concern for many Vietnam veterans and their children. At the Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. our veterans’ disability attorneys are here to help when the VA denies your claim for benefits. Contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.

U.S. Veterans Raise Concern of Agent Orange Residue on C-123s

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

According to an article on VVA-NC.com, crew members who worked on planes that were used to spray Agent Orange, during the Vietnam War, are concerned their proximity to the toxin’s residue on the planes is a health risk. Veterans who suffer from a service-related disability or illness, may be able to file for veterans disability claim and should seek help from legal counsel to pursue compensation.

The military used C-123 Provider aircraft to deliver/spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The spraying ended in 1971, but those C-123s were repurposed and used to transport cargo and perform medical evacuations until 1981.

Crew members aboard these planes have reported “strong odors” in the planes, but were likely ruled out to due to fact that TCDD, the main toxin in Agent Orange, is odorless.

The U.S. Air Force tested multiple C-123s to determine if TCDD existed in the planes. After reviewing the test results, and the subsequent reports, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) came to the same conclusion that even if C-123 crews were exposed to Agent Orange residue, the exposure was not capable of causing any negative long-term health concern.

This does not mean that your health condition does not exist and you should seek help. You still may be able to collect disability benefits, which is why you should have an attorney by your side.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.

 

Underground education center to be built at Vietnam Memorial site

Friday, September 25th, 2009

An $85 million underground education center is planned for a location near the site of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

The fund for the center recently got a boost from the Heisley Family Foundation of Chicago. The Foundation has pledged to contribute $2.5 million towards the construction of the center. Almost $25 million has already been raised for the project.

According to its website, the Education Center at the Wall will included features such as:

  • Displays related to the history of the Memorial
  • A timeline of the Vietnam War
  • A Wall of Faces showing pictures of the service members who died in the war

The design concept for the Center includes a two-story underground facility that will maintain the open appearance of the National Mall and complement the other memorials in the area.