VA issued regulations on August 31, 2010, adding Parkinson’s Disease and Ischemic Heart Disease to the list of presumptive service-connected illnesses and expanding the presumption for leukemia to include chronic B cell leukemia. Vietnam veterans with these diseases are urged to submit their claims for compensation. Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to harmful herbicides. If they suffer from any of the three diseases, as well as others previously recognized by VA, it is presumed that the illnesses are service connected, and they will be eligible for compensation and VA health care.
Written by Andrew Finkelstein | Last Updated: June 17, 2021