Government Denies Veterans Disability Benefit Claims Made By Soldiers Exposed To Agent Orange

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

Agent Orange was a highly toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War to eliminate the enemy’s cover provided by jungle canopies. Since then, the chemical has been linked to veterans developing life-threatening health conditions; however, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been reluctant to offer Veterans Disability Benefits and other services to individuals who were exposed to the chemical.

An article from the Killeen Daily Herald explains how dozens of C-123 airplanes were used to drop the toxic chemical across the landscape of Vietnam, exposing not only the soldiers below to Agent Orange, but also the crews who piloted and maintained the aircraft.

When the chemical dropped from the plane, tiny particles circulated in the air within the plane and may have contaminated the aircraft. In 2010, testing confirmed the contamination and a large number of the aircraft were destroyed.

Despite the government’s findings and actions, soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange continue to have claims for disability benefits denied. The reason given by the VA in a large portion of cases is that there is no documentation to prove the exposure.

The Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult receiving benefits for conditions caused by service in the military can be. The firm is here to help anyone considering applying for Veterans disability benefits, or those who have a claim that was denied in the past.