War Legacies Project

About WLPProjectsAgent OrangeCluster BombsNewsLinksDonateHome

 

Programs that support American Veterans

 

History

Impacts on Human Health

Impacts on the Environment

US Government Policy

Assistance for Vietnamese

Assistance for US Veterans

Litigation

Conferences and Events

News

Books and Films

Scientific Studies

Educational Materials

What you can do to Help

 

 

 

News from the VA

VA seeks fast track for Agent Orange claims - March 9, 2010 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed “fast track” Veterans’ claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.  More...

Secretary Shinseki Announces Study of Vietnam-Era Women Veterans - VA Press Release November 19, 2009. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a comprehensive study of women Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War to explore the effects of their military service upon their mental and physical health. More...

Secretary Shinseki adds Parkinson's Disease, B Cell Leukemia and Ischemic Heart Disease to the list of diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange. VA Press Release October 13, 2009.

Secretary Shinseki Announces New Efforts to Explore Health Consequences  – VA Press Release - September 14, 2009.  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today plans to begin additional research by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better understand the health consequences of service in Vietnam.  “The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) will allow VA to pursue another valuable research tool,” Secretary Shinseki said. “The insight we gain from this study will help give us an understanding of how to better serve America’s Veterans.” More...

The National Academy of Sciences announces  that limited data suggests possible association between Agent Orange exposure and Ischemic Heart disease and Parkinson's disease in Vietnam Veterans. July 24, 2009 NAS Press release

“The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) will allow VA to pursue another valuable research tool,” Secretary Shinseki said. “The insight we gain from this study will help give us an understanding of how to better serve America’s Veterans.” More...


Hearing:

Senate Veteran's Committee hearing on upcoming legislation including S. 1939 Agent Orange Equity Act and S. 1940 to require the VA to conduct a study on Agent Orange effects on children of veterans.  - May 19, 2010.


Reports:

National Organization for Disabled report US Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange: Understanding the Impact Forty Years Later June 2, 2009

VVA Press Release regarding NOD report - June 2, 2009


Information on the use of Agent Orange

Summary of Available Information on Use, Testing and Storage  of Dioxin Containing Herbicides. From Department of Defense to Representative Lane Evans

Additional DOD Information on use of herbicides outside of Vietnam

VA's website pages on Agent Orange: Herbicide Tests and Storage in the U.S.

VA's website pages on Agent Orange: Herbicide Tests and Storage Outside the U.S.


Veteran Organizations and Programs

There are several groups in the US who have been working to raise awareness and to provide support for US Veterans who are suffering from the affects of exposure to  Agent Orange. Please contact Susan Hammond at shammond@warlegacies.org if you know about others.

Vietnam Veterans of America  Provides information to Veterans about the benefits they may qualify for if they have been exposed to Agent Orange. Advocates for Veterans health issues in Congress.

VVA's Self-Help Guide to Service Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange (pdf)

American Legion Provides information for Veterans and collaborates with Columbia University on epidemiological research of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Disabled American Veterans  a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.

Order of the Silver Rose Mission is "to recognize the courage, heroism, and contributions of American service personnel found to have been exposed to Agent Orange in a combat zone ... whose lethal exposure to Agent Orange resulted in internal, invisible wounds, which are revealed only by the passage of time."

Quilt of Tears: The Vietnam Agent Orange Memorial Quilt, Agent Orange Victims and Widows Support Network is promoting the crafting of quilts to draw widespread national attention to the plight of the Vietnam Veterans affected by Agent Orange sprayed on them in Vietnam.

Memorial Plaque Project. On November 10, 2004 the project dedicated a commemorative plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the Mall in Washington, DC in honor of Vietnam veterans whose premature death was due to their service in the war but who were not eligible for recognition by having their names inscribed on the Wall. The plaque honors those who died of Agent Orange related illnesses as well as other causes of premature death.


Children of Veterans

Agent Orange Legacy: Children of Vietnam Veterans - Agent Orange Legacy is a grassroots movement dedicated to uniting the children of Vietnam veterans who are ill or not and adversely affected by their parent(s) service in Vietnam and exposure to agent orange and other toxins in order to lobby Congress to create or change public policy regarding the plight of the children of Vietnam veterans and their children.

 

 

 

Filing a claim with the VA

Vietnam Veterans of America has published a very informative guide to applying for benefits from the VA.  VVA's Self-Help Guide to Service Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange (pdf).

It is highly recommended that you use the services of one of the Veterans Service Organizations in your community to help you with the process of filing a claim with the VA to receive benefits for one of the conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange. A searchable list of these organizations can be found on the VA website. 

For assistance in appealing a VA claim at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) go to The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program  


Veterans Administration

Agent Orange Information webpages:

VA's toll Free Helpline: 1-800-749-8387

 

News Articles

Senator challenges VA's coverage of 3 new illnesses linked to Agent Orange Chicago Tribune June 8, 2010. By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones  Citing the billions more it will cost, Sen. Jim Webb asks VA secretary for explanation as he freezes funds to pay for expansion of coverage More...

 *****

VA laboring under surge of wounded veterans Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2010, by Jason Grotto and Tim Jones  Tribune finds increase in claims, outdated compensation system threatening well-being of those who fought for their country. More...

How the Tribune calculated the numbers Chicago Tribune. April 11, 2010. By Jason Grotto The analysis underlying the Tribune's story on U.S. veterans' disability claims is based on data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that includes more than 3 million claims and nearly 12 million diagnoses as of Jan. 5, 2010.

Cost of fighting wars felt decades later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
   
       

 

     

 

 War Legacies Project 144 Lower Bartonsville Rd, Chester, VT 05143

Tel: 917-991-4850 Fax: 917-591-2207 email: info@warlegacies.org