The Veteran’s Administration has decided to expand benefits eligibility to Air Force veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo issued a press release saying she is applauding the recent decision. Agent Orange is a herbicide that has been linked to various diseases including cancer. The VA gives benefits to veterans who have suffered illnesses from exposure to the chemical and now it has expanded those benefits to Air Force flight medical and ground maintenance crew members who served on C-123’s and may have been exposed to Agent Orange following the Vietnam War. C-123 aircraft were known to have been used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam Era so the VA determined that Air Force and Air Force reserve members who operated and worked on or around these aircraft from 1969 to 1986 were exposed to Agent Orange. The Congresswoman is urging any eligible Veterans on Guam to file a claim with the VA.