Specifically, the VA stated that the following veterans may have been exposed to herbicides such as Agent Orange : U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force Bases (RTAF bases) at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Panom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter.
In Thailand , Agent Orange was used to clear the jungle around bases, as a means to enhance security. However, there was a terrible consequence: Exposure to Agent Orange resulted in cancer, birth defects, and other significant ailments.
Here are the 14 health conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure as of 2020: Chronic B-Cell Leukemia . Hodgkin’s disease . Multiple Myeloma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Prostate cancer. Respiratory Cancers . Soft tissue sarcomas. Ischemic heart disease .
Agent Orange was a herbicide mixture used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Much of it contained a dangerous chemical contaminant called dioxin. Production of Agent Orange ended in the 1970s and is no longer in use. The dioxin contaminant however continues to have harmful impact today.
USAF withdrawal from Thailand The USAF bases were closed and the last USAF personnel left Thailand in June 1976. The removal of U.S. military forces was accomplished by United States Marine Detachment BLT 1/9 out of Okinawa, Japan.
The Kingdom of Thailand , under the administration of military dictator Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, took an active role in the Vietnam War and second Indochina war . Thailand was the third-largest provider of ground forces to South Vietnam , following the Americans and South Koreans.
VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% Without Children
|Dependent Status||70%||100 %|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$1,762.71||$3,603.43|
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,542.71||$3,287.21|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,640.71||$3,428.00|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$160.89|
Elevated blood TCDD levels, probably related to Agent Orange exposure, can be detected between two and three decades after potential exposure in some American veterans. Original levels were estimated to be 35-1,500-fold greater that that of the general population (4 ppt, lipid) at the time of exposure.
To qualify , a veteran must show: military service in Vietnam during the period of January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1975. current diagnosis of: one of the diseases, or residuals of one of the diseases, that the VA recognizes as linked to Agent Orange exposure (see below)
Because Agent Orange (and other Vietnam-era herbicides) contained dioxin in the form of TCDD, it had immediate and long-term effects. Short-term exposure to dioxin can cause darkening of the skin, liver problems and a severe acne-like skin disease called chloracne.
During its operation, the Settlement Fund distributed a total of $197 million in cash payments to members of the class in the United States. Of the 105,000 claims received by the Payment Program, approximately 52,000 Vietnam Veterans or their survivors received cash payments which averaged about $3,800 each.
Changes in gene expression — whether a gene for a trait is turned on or off — can be passed from one generation to the next, research shows. A 2012 study, for example, showed that gestating female rats exposed to dioxin, a byproduct found in Agent Orange , passed mutations to future generations.
Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide the U.S. military used to clear leaves and vegetation for military operations mainly during the Vietnam War . Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange may have certain related illnesses.
1. Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant used in Vietnam. Agent Orange was a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed from 1962 to 1971 during the Vietnam War to remove the leaves of trees and other dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover.
It took two generations and a lot of heartache among the Vietnam veteran community, but the VA’s “presumptive list” of diseases that are caused by exposure to Agent Orange now includes everything from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate cancer , and multiple myeloma to Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease.