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November 16, 2009 – In early November, the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged three more diseases as li
ked to Agent Orange exposure. B cell leukemias (like hairy cell leukemia), Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease are now officially recognized by VA as connected to Agent Orange – the herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.
Since the 1980s, the controversial defoliant has been associated with a number of diseases and afflictions. VA formally acknowledges a list of them. It’s i
portant that Vietnam veterans become familiar and stay up-to-date with this list, as studies are still ongoing into the affects of Agent Orange.
•Acute and subacu
e transient peripheral neuropathy
•Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
•Diabetes mellitus (Type 2)
•Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease)
•Porphyria cutanea tarda
•Respiratory cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)