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These diseases are linked to the military and Agent Orange

There are certain diseases associated with working in the military. Since these are recognized as diseases likely caused by exposure to chemicals or experiences in the military, it's easier for veterans to obtain compensation for the illnesses. Called "presumptive diseases," The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has identified that a number of illnesses are directly related to exposure to Agent Orange or other chemicals found primarily in military circumstances.

In the case of exposure to Agent Orange, there are several diseases linked to exposure. Veterans or those related to someone who has died as a result of exposure may be able to obtain benefits.

What kinds of diseases are covered automatically?

One of the skin conditions you may be able to obtain compensation for is chloracne. This is a condition that looks like typical teenage acne, but it occurs after exposure to chemicals. It has the potential to be disabling, and it must be at least 10 percent disabling a year following exposure to count for the purpose of benefits.

Another possible disease you could develop after exposure to Agent Orange is Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Normally called Type 2 diabetes, this disease causes high blood sugar levels when the body is unable to respond correctly to insulin.

Ischemic heart disease is another disease that you could develop. It occurs when less blood is able to flow to the heart. This leads to chest pain, but it doesn't necessarily result in a heart attack.

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other conditions that may be covered. If you feel you should receive benefits, you can file a claim for disability and military benefits.

Source: U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, "Public Health," accessed Sep. 29, 2017

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