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You served your country, and in the process you were injured. It could be a bad back. It could be loss of limb. Or maybe you're not sure if you're entitled to any government benefits. American Legion service officers file thousands of VA claims each year on behalf of America's veterans. And the Legion's Benefits Calculator can help you prepare to file a claim.

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Three more diseases linked to Agent Orange

In early November, the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged three more diseases as linked to Agent Orange exposure. B cell leukemias (like hairy cell leukemia), Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease are now officially recognized by VA as connected to Agent Orange - the herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

Since the 1980s, the controversial defoliant has been associated with a number of diseases and afflictions. VA formally acknowledges a list of them. It’s important that Vietnam veterans become familiar and stay up-to-date with this list, as studies are still ongoing into the affects of Agent Orange.•Acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy•AL amyloidosis•Chloracne•Chronic lymphocytic leukemia•Diabetes mellitus (Type 2)•Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease)•Multiple myeloma•Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma•Porphyria cutanea tarda•Prostate cancer•Respiratory cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

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