DALLAS — State Sen. Lisa Baker reminds veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service that they may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
VA presumes that veterans were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides if they served in Vietnam anytime between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, including brief visits ashore or service aboard a ship that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam; as well as in or near the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971.
Veterans who fall into either category do not have to show they were exposed to Agent Orange to be eligible for disability compensation for diseases VA presumes are associated with it.
To learn more, veterans can call the Agent Orange Help Line at 1-800-749-8387 or send an e-mail to GW/AOHelpline@vba.va.gov and provide their name, e-mail address, telephone and/or fax number, and VA file number/Social Security Number.