VA Processes First Claims for New Agent Orange Presumptives
New Program Speeds Approval for Vietnam
(Dec. 17, 2010) – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has decided more than 28,000 claims in the first six weeks
of processing disability compensation applications from Vietnam Veterans with diseases related to exposure to the herbicide
new technology and ongoing improvements, we are quickly removing roadblocks to processing benefits,” said Secretary
of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We are also conducting significant outreach to Vietnam Veterans to encourage
them to submit their completed application for this long-awaited benefit.”
a final regulation on Aug. 31 that makes Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam and who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s
disease, ischemic heart disease, or a B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia eligible for health care and disability compensation
benefits. With the expiration of the required 60-day congressional review on Oct. 30, VA is now able to process these
covered under the new policy are encouraged to file their claims through a new VA Web portal. Vietnam Veterans are the
first users of this convenient automated claims processing system.
for these diseases outside of VA’s health system, it is important for Veterans to gather medical evidence from their
non-VA physicians. VA has made it easy for physicians to supply the clinical findings needed to approve the claim through
the new Web portal.
guides Veterans through Web-based menus to capture information and medical evidence required for faster claims decisions.
While the new system currently is limited to these three disabilities, usage will expand soon to include claims for other