Magazine article VFW Magazine

New Conditions Considered for Agent Orange Exposure

Magazine article VFW Magazine

New Conditions Considered for Agent Orange Exposure

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Four new conditions could be eligible for Agent Orange-related compensation and treatment from VA, according to a report issued in March. The Institute of Medicine (I0M) found "limited and suggestive" evidence that bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson's disease-like symptoms and high blood pressure could be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.

The I0M also suggested that it no longer believes spina bifida in children of Vietnam veterans was caused by Agent Orange exposure. That would reverse a 20-year-old decision to cover the ailment.

The I0M issued its 1,100-page report-Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2014-to VA Secretary Bob McDonald on March 9. A group of VA scientists and health experts will examine the report and issue its recommendation to McDonald by the end of July. …

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