The list of diseases linked to possible Agent Orange exposure includes diseases ranging from prostate and respirators cancers to type 2 diabetes. The list is also growing. In 2010, the VA added Chronic B-Cell Leukemia, Parkinson’s and ischemic heart disease.
“If you have that condition, you get service connection for it,” said Marsh. Marsh said veterans first have to file a claim at their county service office. ”They filled out everything for me and then they sent all of the paperwork to an advocate group,” said Lensch. “The hardest part was finding your old DD214.”
“That’s what I hope is going to happen here is that some vet out there is going to sit there and go: ‘Holy mackerel, maybe I should look at that list because I’ve been having health problems,’” said Lensch. Health care and disability compensation is available to veterans. Other benefits are also potentially available for their survivors.
The process starts with a health exam. Vietnam veterans must first enroll in VA’s health care system. Veterans should contact their county’s Veterans Service Office for more information. In Dane County, that office is in the City-County Building downtown.