Decades after Vietnam the VA and DOD are still dealing with the impact agent orange had on U.S. troops.
In a release on January 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shared an updated list from the Department of Defense that includes locations outside of Vietnam where Agent Orange was stored, including dozens of locations in Maryland.
“This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie was quoted in a news release. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam.”
The list also includes locations outside the United States.
The VA works to help Veterans exposed to Agent Orange, or other herbicides they were exposed to during service. Veterans may be eligible for a variety of benefits.
“DOD will continue to be responsive to the needs of our interagency partners in all matters related to taking care of both current and former service members,” said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. “The updated list includes Agents Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue and White and other chemicals and will be updated as verifiable information becomes available.”