Veterans who suffer from bladder cancer, hyperthyroidism and Parkinsonism due to their exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War now would qualify for treatment and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who suffer from any of these conditions and have previously had their claims rejected will now see their cases reconsidered automatically. They will not have to file another such claim.
Persian Gulf War Veterans who were exposed to particulate matter and now suffer from conditions such as asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis also will have their cases reviewed. The revision also applies to sick veterans who served in Southwest Asia, including Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, as well as those who served after Sept. 19, 2001. Again, VA plans to reach out to these veterans. There is no need for them to refile claims that had previously been rejected.