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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

•AL amyloidosis


•Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

•Diabetes mellitus (Type 2)

•Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease)

•Multiple myeloma

•Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
•Porphyria cutanea tarda

•Prostate cancer

•Respiratory cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)