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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:44:53 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, HERBICIDES: Agent Orange Korea regulation

VA publishes final regs to aid vets exposed to Agent Orange in Korea

Veterans Affairs News Service
Capital Flyer
January 27, 2011

Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving along the demilitarized zone in Korea will have an easier path to access health care and benefits under a Department of Veterans Affairs final regulation that will expand the dates when illnesses caused by herbicide exposure can be presumed to be related to Agent Orange.

"VA's primary mission is to be an advocate for veterans," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "With this new regulation, VA has cleared a path for more veterans who served in the demilitarized zone in Korea to receive access to our quality health care and disability benefits for exposure to Agent Orange."

Under the final regulation published Jan. 25 in the Federal Register, VA officials will presume herbicide exposure for any veteran who served between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and Department of Defense officials to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied.


For the entire article, see http://www.capflyer.com/stories/012711/news_28230.shtml


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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