A new suggestion by the Department of Veterans Affairs may assist veterans experiencing health issues due to exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Korea.
Between 1965 and 1970, a chemical used to remove enemies from hiding spots was used in the Vietnam War. The chemical, Agent Orange, has been shown to cause significant long-term health problems that may lead to disease as well.
The highest risk individuals are veterans who served between 1968 to 1971 in Korea. Agent Orange was used most frequently during that time period.
The new ruling by the Department of Veterans Affairs is supposed to allow veterans to get medical assistance at various VA approved medical centers.
Prior to the ruling, veterans with disabilities were already receiving benefits due to illnesses caused by Agent Orange.
The most common disease caused by Agent Orange is heart disease.
Many veterans believe this new ruling can help extend lifetime of those who served, by potentially receiving targeted treatment from medical centers that are qualified and understand the chemical.