Veterans Seek Health Benefits After Exposure to Agent Orange

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This summer KARK's Working For You talked to Vietnam War Veterans who say they're suffering from diseases caused by exposure to Agent Orange while in Southeast Asia. 

They say they've been denied VA benefits because they were in Thailand, not Vietnam when they came into contact with the chemicals. 

Last night we told you Senator John Boozman is sponsoring a bi-partisan bill to allow veterans to qualify for VA health benefits. 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says it has taken too long for the government to help veterans exposed to toxins like Agent Orange. 

"We are always willing to take a look at new groups who come to us and see if we can confirm where they were during their service and whether we have data so we can make decisions and do the right thing for those veterans," David Shulkin said. 

Secretary Shulkin says part of the problem is finding scientific data to account for where they were in relation to these chemicals. 


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