The U.S. Congress may soon be passing legislation to add hypertension as a presumptive disease related to exposure to herbicides in Vietnam (Agent Orange). The legislation may be passed before the fall of this year.
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Denis McDonough, is responsible for implementing the addition of this new condition to VA regulations but as of this date, no changes have been made. Hypertension is not yet recognized as presumptive condition related to Agent Orange exposure.
VA Disability Compensation Claims
Any Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and who is diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) is encouraged to file a VA disability compensation claim at va.gov. Once the condition is recognized, the claim should be granted.
If you were previously denied for hypertension (high blood pressure) and you were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, you are also encouraged to reopen your claim by contacting us for assistance in filing a Supplemental Claim. Again, any previously denied claim should be granted upon implementation of the new law.