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VA Secretary to Decide on New Agent Orange Ailments by Nov. 1

August 8, 2017

From the MOAA website

VA Secretary David J. Shulkin will decide “on or before” Nov. 1 whether to add to the list of medical conditions the VA presumes are associated with Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War, a department spokesman said Tuesday in response to Military Update’s enquiry.

Any ailments Shulkin might add to VA’s current list of 14 “presumptive diseases” linked to herbicide exposure would make many more thousands of Vietnam War veterans eligible for VA disability compensation and health care.

Ailments under review as possible adds to the presumptive diseases list include bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson-like symptoms without diagnosis of that particular disease. But hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke also might be embraced, or ignored, as part of the current review.

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