I recently had to do some research on the effect of Agent Orange on a child of a veteran who served in Vietnam back in the 60’s. I was absolutely astounded at the list of health problems being attributed to Agent Orange.  While I am horrified at how many veterans were exposed to these chemicals when the manufacturers knew how dangerous they were, I am beginning to see how horrific the problem is becoming both health-wise for veterans and financially for the government.  If the VA has to pay for all the health issues being attributed to Agent Orange, I don’t know how they could possibly afford it.  On the other hand, knowing that the chemicals were so dangerous and still using them leads me to believe that the manufacturing companies should be held accountable for covering a good portion of that cost.

Most recently, diabetes has been added to the list of presumptive diseases.   It will cost the VA millions of dollars in benefits to provide health care for those they are identifying as being affected by Agent Orange.  The list is as follows:


Acute and Sub-acute Peripheral Neuropathy


Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma

Adult Fibrosarcoma

B-Cell Leukemias

Bone Pain


Clear Cell Sarcoma of Aponeuroses

Clear Cell Sarcoma of Tendons and Aponeuroses

Congenital Fibrosarcoma

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans


Epithelioid Malignant Leiomyosarcoma

Epithelioid and Grandular Malignant Schwannomas

Epithelioid Sarcoma

Extraskeletal Ewing’s Sarcoma


Hodgkin’s Disease

Infantile Fibrosarcoma

Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)




Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma

Malignant Ganglioneuroma

Malignant Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath

Malignant Glandular Schwannoma

Malignant Granular Cell Tumor

Malignant Hemangiopericytoma

Malignant Leiomyoblastoma

Malignant Mesenchymoma

Malignant Schwannoma with Rhabdomyoblastic Differentiation

Malignant Synovioma

Multiple Myeloma

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Parkinson’s Disease

Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Proliferating (systemic) Angiendotheliomatosis

Prostate Cancer

Respiratory Cancer


Synovial Sarcoma

Type II Diabetes


I won’t go into the definition for each of these diagnoses, but if you served in Vietnam and any of them are part of your diagnoses, it would certainly be wise to get to the VA Medical Center and register for benefits! I believe as we go along, we’re going to find more and more health problems of our veterans are related to chemical exposure.



  1. Pingback: The Aftermath of Agent Orange – Healing Veterans one step at a time

  2. Truly horrifying – especially considering it is still in use. I hated to click “like” on this post – the only thing to like is that you shared it. Thank you
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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