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Agent Orange by Deana Feist
Agent Orange and Diabetes
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AGENT ORANGE Law Suite
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AGENT ORANGE Outside of Vietnam, Canada:
Agent Orange Outside Vietnam, Panama
Agent Orange Panama
Agent Orange Panama 2
AGENT ORANGE Quilt of Tears
Agent Orange and Peripheral Neuropathy
Agent Orange Review
Agent Orange and Spina Bifida
Agent Orange Terminology
Air Force Admits Agent Orange Spraying at Eglin AFB, Florida
Alvin Young Pages
American Legion Service Officers
AO Spray Map & Info "Must See
AO Spray Map II
Agent Orange Story
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Agent Orange, VA Claims and Appeals, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,
Agent Orange Wildgun
Article on Defoliation
Autoimmune Dysfunction In Vietnam Veterans
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans
Collateral Damage (2006)
Compensation & Pension Benefits
Cyber Sarge's Site
Determining Agent Orange Exposure
Dioxin Briefing Sheet
DoD Medical Research
Disabled American Veterans Service Office Directories DAV Excel Format
Diseases Associated With AO
Exposure to dioxins influences male reproductive system, study of Vietnam veterans concludes
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2008
Gallons of Agent Orange, White & Blue Sprayed in Nam,
Gary Jacobson Vietnam Picture Tour
Information on Prostate Cancer
IOM Health Of Veterans
IOM Identifies Link with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Principi Extends Benefits
List of Media Coverage for Hatfield Consultants Ltd. Studies on Agent Orange in Viet Nam
Maps of Nam
Military Base Pollution Clark Air Base
Monsanto's Agent Orange
MORE info on AO Chemicals
MORE Problems Caused by AGENT ORANGE
National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records Web Site
Operation Ranch Hand
Prostate Cancer Foundation
POW/MIA Databases and Documents
POW/MIA Through DNA
Search The Wall
Search the Wall 2
Seveso Studies on Early and Long-Term Effects of Dioxin Exposure
Social Security Online
Social Security Disability Secrets
Social Security Disability Information
Spina Bifida Handbook
Supreme Court's Decision on AGENT ORANGE "June 2002"
Thesis on Agent Orange by Deana Feist
The Suicide Wall
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
U.S. House of Representatives
VA's guide on Agent Orange claims
Veterans Administration & Benefits
Veterans Benefits for those exposed to Agent Orange
Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Veterans With Diabetes
Vietnam Veterans Benefit From Agent Orange Rules
VFW Veterans Service Officers
VFW National Veterans Service Program Roster
Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) Agent Orange
Veterans online application web site (VONAPP)
Vietnam Casualties by State and City or Town
Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974
Vietnam, Still at odds (2005)
Vietnam War Resources
Viper Vietnam Pages
Virtual Vietnam Archive
BOOKS / STUDIES on Agent Orange
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profile for chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (Update). US
Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.
Atlanta, Georgia. 678 p. with appendices.
ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). 1997.
Policy Guideline: Dioxin and Dioxin-like compounds in soil.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health
Dioxins and Health. Arnold Schecter (ed.). New York, NY: Plenum
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Vennema, and A.H. Westing. New York, NY: The Free Press, 1972.
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The Wages of War: When American Soldiers Came Home - From Valley
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and L. Milford. New York, NY: Simon &
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The Withering Rain. Thomas
Whiteside. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton &
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McNamara. Random House, New York. 1995. ISBN: 0-8129-2523-8.
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1998 Update: ISBN: 0-309-06326-4.
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Australian Vietnam Veterans
This 1997 study of 50,000 Australian Viet Nam veterans
entitled "Mortality of Vietnam Veterans: The Veteran
found that the death rate among veterans between 1980 and 1994 was
some seven percent higher than for
the overall male population. In
addition, the study found that the death rate from cancer was about
20 percent above
average, and that veterans may face an increased
risk of death by suicide. The Australian government received this
seriously since it has been documented that those
individuals who were in Viet Nam had successfully passed rigid
examinations and were therefore considered
"healthy"; those with congenital medical issues were rejected as
The report is available from:
Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
PO Box 21
Canberra, ACT 2601
Agent Orange Presumptive List Expanded
BY LEONARD J. SELFON, VETERANS BENEFITS PROGRAM
Pursuant to the Agent Orange Act of 1991, the VA entered into an agreement with the
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review the scientific associations between
exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam War and diseases suspected to result from
such exposure. NAS submits reports on its activities every two years.
The law also provides that when, based on sound medical and scientific evidence, the VA
determines that a positive association exists (i.e., the credible evidence for the association
is equal to or outweighs the credible evidence against the association), the VA will publish
regulations establishing presumptive service connection for that disease, (i.e., the
veteran will not have to provide medical evidence of a relationship between exposure and
the subsequent onset of the disease in question). The Secretary's determination must be
based on a consideration of the NAS reports and all other available sound medical and
scientific information and analysis.
Between July 1993 and April 2001, the VA issued regulations that established
presumptive service connection for several diseases for Vietnam veterans. These include:
chloracne, Type II diabetes mellitus, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma, acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy, porphyria cutanea tarda, prostate
cancer, respiratory cancers (cancer of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea), and certain
soft-tissue sarcomas. If a veteran who was exposed to an herbicidal agent in service
subsequently develops one of the presumptive diseases, the VA will presume that the
disease was caused by the exposure to that herbicide for purposes of granting serviceconnected
In each of its four previous biennial reports, the NAS determined that there was
"inadequate/insufficient" evidence to determine an association between exposure to an
herbicide agent and the development of leukemia. Following the 2001 NAS report, the VA
asked NAS to review the possible association between exposure to Agent Orange and a
particular form of leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In its 2002 update, NAS
concluded that there is sufficient evidence of such an association. After considering all of
the evidence, VA Secretary Principi determined that there is a positive credible association
between exposure to herbicides used in Vietnam and the subsequent Occurrence of CLL
and that a presumption of service connection for CLL is warranted.
Consequently, on March 26 the VA published a proposed regulation to add CCL to the list
of presumptively service-connected diseases incurred as the result of exposure to
herbicides used in the Vietnam War. Interested organizations and individuals have until
late May to provide their comments on the proposed regulation. The VA will then consider
all of the comments received and issue a final regulation.
USE OF AGENT ORANGE OUTSIDE OF VIETNAM
The VA has announced that the Defense of Department (DoD) has released a list of
locations outside of Vietnam where Agent Orange was used or tested over a number of
years. The listings are mostly Army records, although there are a limited number of Navy
and Air Force records. These listings relate only to chemical efficacy testing and/or
operational testing. The records, however, do not refer to the use of Agent Orange or
other chemicals in routine base maintenance activities, such as spraying along railroad
tracks, weed control on rifle ranges, etc. The VA has been advised that information on
such use does not exist.
The VA does have significant information regarding Agent Orange use in Korea along the
demilitarized zone (DMZ). DoD has confirmed that Agent Orange was used from April 1968
through July 1969 along the DMZ. The military defoliated the fields of fire between the
front-line defensive positions and the south-barrier fence. The size of the treated area was
a strip of land 151 miles long and up to 350 yards wide from the fence to north of the
"civilian control line." There are no records that reflect spraying within the DMZ itself.
Agent Orange and other herbicides were applied through hand spraying and by hand
distribution of pelletized herbicides. Although restrictions limited the potential for spray
drift, run-off, and crop damage, records indicate that effects of spraying were sometimes
observed as far as 200 meters down wind.
Units in the area during the period of use of herbicide include: the four combat brigades of
the 2nd Infantry Division (1-38 Infantry, 2-38 Infantry, 1-23 Infantry, 2-23 Infantry, 3-23
Infantry, 3-32 Infantry, 109th Infantry, 209th Infantry, 1-72 Armor, 2-72 Armor, 4-7th
Cavalry); and 3rd Brigade of the 7th. Infantry Division (1-17th Infantry, 2-17th Infantry, 1-73
Armor, 2-10th Cavalry). Field Artillery, Signal, and Engineer troops were supplied as
support personnel as required. The estimated total number of exposed personnel is
For purposes of claims for service connection, if a veteran is determined to have been
exposed to Agent Orange in Korea or in other recognized areas (e.g., Panama), then the
presumption of service connection for the listed diseases applies.
Special Compensation for 10 Diseases: As with veterans of any period, Vietnam veterans
with disabilities arising during or aggravated by military service may receive monthly VA
compensation. As knowledge has grown from studies of Agent Orange, some latent
diseases that may not have become evident in service have been recognized
presumptively. Based on clinical research, 10 such diseases are now on the presumptive
list: chloracne, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, porphyria
cutanea tarda, respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx and trachea), soft-tissue
sarcoma, acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy, prostate cancer and spina bifida.
Compensation, health care and vocation rehabilitation services are provided to Vietnam
veterans' offspring with spina bifida, a congenital birth defect of the spine. Vietnam
veterans are not required to prove exposure to Agent Orange; VA presumes that all
military personnel who served in Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange.