U.S. Now Assisting Vietnam in Cleaning up Agent Orange Contamination
The U.S. government has finally begun to develop a plan to remove contamination that is believed to still cause disabling health issues to Vietnamese in the area around Danang’s airport, where Agent Orange was stored during the Vietnam War. Danang, Bien Hoa, and Phu Cat are suspected to still contain contamination from when Agent Orange was stored, mixed, and transported by planes at these formerU.S.air bases.
TheU.S.government continues to downplay the extent of the lingering damage from Agent Orange. A lawsuit brought by Vietnamese citizens in 2004 against the companies that produced Agent Orange during the Vietnam War era failed.
Still, even with these denials, theU.S.has recently announced a $9 million project to help Vietnamese who suffer from disabilities related to Agent Orange. This comes along with a dioxin – a chemical contained in Agent Orange – cleanup effort which will attempt to eliminate dioxin in 73,000 cubic meters of soil near the Danang airport.
Stateside, the U.S.government through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has paid out billions of dollars in veterans’ disability benefits toVietnam veterans who suffer from illnesses associated with Agent Orange exposure. There are several disabling conditions associated with Agent Orange contamination during service that may qualify a veteran for disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.