Philadelphia VA Regional Office & Insurance Center (VAROIC)
Expanded Agent Orange Benefits
On October 13, 2009, Secretary Shinseki announced that hairy cell and other B-cell leukemias, Parkinson’s disease, and ischemic heart disease will be added to the list of diseases presumptively associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents. This means that if you served in Vietnam and you have one of these conditions, your condition is presumed to be service connected. Follow this link for more information about Expanded Agent Orange Benefits.
Expanded PTSD Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to change its adjudication regulations governing service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The proposed change will in some cases relax the evidentiary standard for establishing the required in-service stressor. Here’s how the proposed change will work.
you will not need to provide additional evidence that the stressor occurred.