Certain Vietnam-era veterans who unsuccessfully petitioned for compensation and benefits due to exposure to herbicides during the war will get a new chance to make their claims.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will automatically readjudicate claims filed by veterans who say herbicide exposure made them sick even though the exposure did not take place on land or inland waterways in Vietnam.
The change affects both living veterans and survivors of deceased veterans. If such claims are approved, benefits and disability compensation would be administered retroactively to the date they were previously denied.
“Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of veterans who were previously denied service connection benefits,” Thomas Murphy, VA’s acting benefits chief, said. “We have the proper resources in place to meet the needs of our veteran community and will ensure that all eligible veterans’ and survivors’ claims are examined thoroughly and fairly.”