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Congress directed V.A. to respond to multiple studies and reports from the Academy of Sciences and   Institute of Medicine (IOM). The final report, Febru­ary 2016, approved and recommended adding – 5 – conditions that met the rigorous requirements for inclusion as ‘presumptive conditions: 1) Bladder Cancer; 2) Hypothyroidism, 3) Parkinson-like conditions, 4) Stroke and 5) Hypertension. V.A. Secretary promised a decision by “end-of-Summer” 2016.

Agent-Orange exposures have been reported from the following veterans: Vietnam in-country, Blue Water, Guam, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, USAFR C- 123 crews, logistics related personnel.

In May 2021, the V.A. finally accepted and included – 3 of the 5 – new recommended conditions to the list of ‘approved presumptive conditions’:

1) Bladder Cancer     2) Hypothyroidism   3) Parkinsonism

To qualify for Agent-Orange related benefits, a veterans must demonstrate diagnosis of one or more presumptive conditions:

  • Chloracne
  • Diabetes Melitus Type 2
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • schemic Heart Disease
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Chronic B-Cell Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Early-Onset Peripheral Neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer


  • Respiratory Cancers
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinsonism


  • Hypertension

What  happened  to  Stroke and  Hypertension which were also recommended? This is reported to be a budget-based decision that will just cost too much; and so, are not considered essential at-this-time. Should we consider joining other veterans organizations seeking/ encouraging reconsideration?

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