In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine found evidence that two conditions, bladder cancer and hypothyroidism, are likely linked to Agent Orange exposure and that a third condition, Parkinson-like symptoms, also should be included on the list of diseases presumed to be related to contact with the herbicide.
The announcement brought hope to thousands of veterans living with bladder cancer and thyroid problems, as well as those who have essential tremors and other symptoms similar to Parkinson's, but who haven't been diagnosed with the disease.
In late 2017, former VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said he had made a decision on whether to add the three conditions to the list of 14 Agent Orange-related illnesses, but it was never announced.
In November 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine also released a report finding sufficient evidence to link high blood pressure with exposure to Agent Orange.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, previously had been designated as having limited or suggestive evidence that it is related to contact with Agent Orange. A National Academies committee, having reviewed new studies, upgraded the association to say there is "sufficient" evidence that ties the disease to exposure.
But high blood pressure is so common among older Americans that it has never been added to the presumptive list, even though the suggested evidence shows it may be tied to exposure.
The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of herbicides, including Agent Orange, in Vietnam to clear the jungle of foliage that obscured enemy movements.
A legal decision announced in January 2019 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may extend those benefits to sailors and Marines who have qualifying diseases and were assigned to ships offshore.
The claims process and begin to award benefits to the veterans, known as the Blue Water Navy effective January 01, 2020.
Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017
The Veteran Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 became law on August 23, 2017 (Pub L. 115-55). It is also known as the Appeals Modernization Act. You can read the law in full on Congress.gov.
The new law will:
Modernize the current claims and appeals process
Include three review options for disagreements with decisions
Require improved notification of VA decisions
Provide earlier claim resolution
Ensure you receive the earliest effective date possible
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Here is a short informational video on the new Act
NEVER STOP SERVING
The Roseburg VA Health Care System is asking residents in its area to limit non-clinical or unofficial visits to its five facilities. This request is a required step in ongoing efforts in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, the virus that leads to Coronavirus.
The goal is to limit exposure for both Veterans and staff alike.
While RVAHCS’s response efforts are exhaustive, it will remain open to serve the needs of Veterans with as few interruptions as possible, according to Keith Allen, Director of the health care system.
Additionally, Roseburg VA Health Care System is screening 100 percent of all Veterans, and employees to all of its RVAHCS facilities, and are limiting patient companions to one per Veteran, per visit. Companions must be age 16 or older. Any additional companions or guests will be asked to wait outside the facility.
Census Bureau Jobs for Veterans!
We thought you would like to know that there are jobs out there for veterans...regardless of your age.
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