New AO Presumptions Funding
by Jim Fausone
In late July 2010 the US House passed a funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Within the bill was $13.4 billion for the payment of benefits to Vietnam veterans and survivors for exposure to Agent Orange related to the three diseases recently added to the “presumptive-connection” list: Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, and hairy cell/B cell leukemia. Now the Congress has to reconcile the bill and the President has to sign it. But things are a step closer.
An estimated 86,069 people will be eligible to receive retroactive payments and 67,259 people will be eligible to receive new benefits. Veterans with these diseases can file claims now. You can contact us at www.legalhelpforveterans.com or for more information go to: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/