The eastern region of the U.S. is home to many Coast Guard Veterans, many of whom make West Virginia their home. Some of our honored Veterans may have been exposed to a toxic herbicide known as Agent Orange. In September of 2011, the VA made an announcement that Veterans who served aboard the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels on the shores of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 may qualify for disability benefits for fourteen known medical problems related to the presumed exposure of Agent Orange.
Presumption of Medical Link for Agent Orange
Coast Guard, Navy and all Veterans who served in Vietnam or its waterways who develop one of the diseases or disorders connected to Agent Orange have the benefit of not having to prove a medical link between their illness and their active duty. Due to this presumption, your application process can be moved through the VA in a simpler and quicker manner. If a Coast Guard or other military Veteran, or their surviving spouse or child, file a claim with the VA, a determination will be made on whether the Veteran meets the qualification for the presumed exposure to Agent Orange. As the VA receives confirmation of vessels that operated on Vietnam’s surrounding waters, more Veterans will be able to receive the benefits they deserve.