Monday, May 19, 2008

The following health conditions are presumptively recognized

Several have ask for reprint of this info

One helpful site for claims is to search for your illness at the board of appeals site to see how other claims were resolved

also see page 4,

The following health conditions are presumptively recognized

for service connection. Vietnam veterans with one or more of

these conditions do not have to show that their illness(es) is (are)

related to their military service to get disability compensation.

VA presumes that their condition is service-connected.

Conditions Recognized in Veterans

1. Chloracne (must occur within 1 year of exposure to

Agent Orange)

2. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

3. Soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma,

chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

4. Hodgkin’s disease

5. Porphyria cutanea tarda (must occur within 1 year of


6. Multiple myeloma

7. Respiratory cancers, including cancers of the lung,

larynx, trachea, and bronchus

8. Prostate cancer

9. Acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy

(must appear within 1 year of exposure and resolve

within 2 years of date of onset)

10. Type 2 diabetes

11. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Conditions Recognized in Children of Vietnam


1. Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta)

2. Certain other birth defects in the children of women

Vietnam veterans

Brief Description of Conditions Recognized for

Presumptive Service Connection for In-Country

Vietnam Veterans

Chloracne: A skin condition that looks like common forms of acne

seen in teenagers. The first sign of chloracne may be excessive

oiliness of the skin. This is accompanied or followed by numerous

blackheads. In mild cases, the blackheads may be limited to the areas

around the eyes extending to the temples. In more severe cases,

blackheads may appear in many places, especially over the cheek

bones and other facial areas, behind the ears, and along the arms.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: A group of malignant tumors (cancers)

that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue. These

tumors are relatively rare compared to other types of cancer. Survival

rates have improved during the past 2 decades. The common factor

is the absence of the certain cells (known as giant Reed-Sternberg

cells) that distinguish this cancer from Hodgkin’s disease.

Soft tissue sarcoma: A group of different types of malignant

tumors (cancers) that arise from body tissues such as muscle,

fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues (not in

hard tissue such as bone or cartilage). These cancers are in the

soft tissue that occurs within and between organs.

Hodgkin’s disease: A malignant lymphoma (cancer)

characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph

nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia.

Porphyria cutanea tarda: A disorder characterized by liver

dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in

sun-exposed areas.

Multiple myeloma: A cancer of specific bone marrow cells

that is characterized by bone marrow tumors in various

bones of the body.

Respiratory cancers: Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea,

and bronchus.

Prostate cancer: Cancer of the prostate; one of the most

common cancers among men.

Peripheral neuropathy (transient acute or subacute): A

nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and

motor weakness. This condition affects only the peripheral

nervous system, that is, only the nervous system outside the

brain and spinal cord. Only the transient (short-term) acute

and subacute forms of this condition, not the chronic persistent

forms, have been associated with herbicide exposure.

Diabetes mellitus: Often referred to as Type 2 diabetes; it is

characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the

body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia: A disease that progresses

slowly with increasing production of excessive numbers of

white blood cells.

In Children of Vietnam Veterans

Spina bifida: A neural tube birth defect that results from the

failure of the bony portion of the spine to close properly in

the developing fetus during early pregnancy.

Disabilities other than spinal bifida in the children of

women Vietnam veterans: Covered birth defects include

a wide range conditions. Eighteen defects are specifically

included and others not specifically excluded are

covered. For more information, contact a veteran services

representative at 1-800-827-1000. Covered birth defects

include, but are not limited to, the following conditions:

1. achondroplasia,

2. cleft lip and cleft palate,

3. congenital heart disease,

4. congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot),

5. esophageal and intestinal atresia,

6. Hallerman-Streiff syndrome,

7. hip dysplasia,


8. Hirschprung’s disease (congenital megacolon),

9. hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis,

10. hypospadias,

11. imperforate anus,

12. neural tube defects,

13. Poland syndrome,

14. pyloric stenosis,

15. sundactyly (fused digits),

16. tracheoesophageal fistula,

17. undescended testicle, and

18. Williams syndrome.

These diseases are not tied to herbicides, including Agent

Orange, or dioxin exposure, but rather to service in Vietnam

Partial reprint

The number of diseases that VA has recognized as associated with, but not necessarily caused by, Agent Orange exposure has expanded considerably during the 1990’s. The following conditions are now presumptively recognized for service-connection for Vietnam veterans based on exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides: chloracne (a skin disorder), porphyria cutanea tarda, acute or subacute transient peripheral neuropathy (a nerve disorder), type 2 diabetes and numerous cancers [non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, and respiratory cancers (including cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus)]. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is being added to the list in 2003.

In addition, Vietnam veterans’ children with the birth defect spina bifida are eligible for certain benefits and services. In 1999, VA announced that statutory authority would be sought for similar benefits and services for children with birth (Public 106-419)defects who were born to women Vietnam veterans. Legislation (Public Law 106-419) was enacted on November 1, 2000. Implementing regulations, published in the Federal Register, in July 2002, are retroactive to December 1, 2001. (See 67 Fed. Reg. 49585, July 31, 2002).

Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 2:11 PM

Subject: Re: Cancer

In a message dated 5/15/2008 4:57:29 P.M. Central Daylight Time, Tom

I have the handbook and I have bladder cancer at this time.. About a year or two ago you sent a list of all the cancers the VA accepted, it was well put together by another Vet. Since that time I have had a new hard drive and lost all the old saved information. All I remember is that the GreenHornet sent it to me.


Sure am sorry to hear that you have bladder cancer. I will forward this message to people that just might have more information other than what I have right now.
The VA has stated that there are eleven illnesses and are presumed by the VA to be service-connected for Vietnam veterans:
1. Chloracne or other acne form disease similar to chloracne.
2. Porphyria cutanea tarda.
3. Soft-tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma or mesothelioma).
4. Hodgkin's disease.
5. Multiple myeloma.
6. Respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea).
7. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
8. Prostate cancer.
9. Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy.
10. Diabetes mellitus (Type 2).
11. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Jim I don't know what else I can provide you right now, except you know I will do all I can to find out if bladder cancer is a qualifier for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides.
Hang in there my friend. Let's see if any one I have copied can provide information.


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1 comment:

MVE said...

Gentlemen - My husband was a 20+ year veteran and served in Thailand, Viet Nam, and Korea. He died from bladder cancer almost five years ago. We were preparing his claim at the time he died, and I completed it. The VA has decided that my husband's bladder cancer WAS service-connented. The issue I see with a lot of the appeals is that the veterans always goes to Agent Orange as the cause of the bladder cancer. This cancer is not on the AO list and is an automatic denial with the VA. However, bladder cancer is caused by other chemicals - TCE, benzene (found in jet fuel) and others. If you are a smoker, the claim will likely be denied because smoking does cause bladder cancer. However, if you quit smoking 10 years or more ago, that may not be a factor. Please think what other chemicals you worked with in the military - it isn't just AO that's the culprit.