Upon the passage of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and parkinsonism will be added to the VA’s list of presumptive conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange.
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Denis McDonough, is responsible for implementing the addition of these new conditions to VA regulations but as of this date, no changes have been made. Bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and parkinsonism are not yet recognized as presumptive conditions related to Agent Orange exposure.
VA Disability Compensation Claims
Any Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and who is diagnosed with bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and/or parkinson-like symptoms (parkinsonism) is encouraged to file a VA disability compensation claim at va.gov. Once the conditions are recognized, the claim(s) should be granted.
If you were previously denied for hypothyroidism 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(s) should be granted upon implementation of the new law.