Vietnam Vets Compensated for Heart Disease

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Vietnam veterans may soon get disability compensation for heart disease because of concerns about the defoliant Agent Orange.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it will add heart disease, Parkinson's disease and certain types of leukemia to the list of conditions veterans can claim is tied to Agent Orange. That list is topped by diabetes.
The agency estimates that the proposed changes will cost $42 billion over the next 10 years as Vietnam vets get older. The rule will go into effect in two months unless Congress steps in.
Veterans only need to prove that they were in Vietnam when Agent Orange was used to kill jungle foliage and later got one of the illnesses possibly linked to it. The VA already compensates for some types of cancer and diabetes.


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  • by alvin e thomas Location: cornell on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    The VA is denying Navy claims on the basis of NO Boots on the ground.WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL JUST TO SAVE MONEY!!
  • by Joseph Location: Hawaii on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    Lucky we Vietnam vets have General Eric Shinseki on our side- Mahalo General. For Senator WEDD very disappointed in his questions to the General very very Unprofessional as the Dr. Spoke about heart disease- No class Senator Webb and you are a vietnam vets
  • by JOSEPH FARIAS Location: Hawaii on Aug 30, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    ABOUT TIME THEY WILL PAY US AFTER 42 YRS. EVERY VIETNAM VET THAT DIDN'T COLLECT THERE SHARE AND SOME OVER DID IT WHEN WILL THIS END pay me vIETNAM VET mAY 68 aUGUST 1969 cAMP rADCLIFF aNkhe -pINEAPPLE FROM hILO hAWAII
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