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New Disability Benefits Could Soon Be Available to Vietnam Vets
Date:4/24/2010

West Virginia lawyer Jan Dils favors expanded coverage for military veterans harmed by Agent Orange.

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) April 24, 2010 -- According to attorney Jan Dils, Vietnam veterans who have developed diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease should have an easier time obtaining disability benefits under a recently proposed change in veterans benefits.

In March, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published a proposed rule change that will add these three illnesses to the list of health problems presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.

“Thousands of our nation’s veterans are suffering today because of their exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange in Vietnam,” said Dils, whose law firm focuses on helping disabled individuals receive Veterans disability and Social Security disability compensation. “This decision recognizes the fact that these veterans need help, and it speeds up the claims process.”

Dils said that the proposed rule change would allow disabled Vietnam veterans to receive the help they deserve without having to prove a specific link between their disease and military service. Veterans who served in Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to dangerous herbicides. A 2009 study by the Institute of Medicine of t
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