Michigan Vietnam Veterans living in the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas often seek advice related to agent orange exposure. These claims are known as “service connected” disability claims. Following a change in law in August of 2010, Vietnam Vets can seek disability benefits for “presumptive conditions”. These conditions can include type II diabetes, certain pulmonary conditions, and, ischemic heart conditions.
Although we cannot help most vets with service connected claims there are specific avenues veterans can pursue for assistance. Often while working with “non-service” connected pension issues and long term care planning, I come across useful resources for veterans seeking “service connected disability benefits”. Service connected benefits are the more often thought of benefits for veterans. This is the benefit that involves rating a veteran’s disability brought on directly from or during service and paying a monthly disability benefit.
A recent resource that I discovered is a website devoted to Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange. A link to this website and newsletter can be found at: /http://files.ctctcdn.com/761af348101/79fe5db6-f624-4d0e-8f70-697eb1238f02.pdf
Of course, as always, if you have a question regarding your benefits, please call https://www.smdalaw.com