The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has designed the Maine VA Disability Compensation Program. This particular program provides compensation to soldiers who might have developed some form of disability while using Agent Orange.
During the Vietnam War, the US forces had used a special kind of herbicide known as Agent Orange. The purpose of this herbicide was to destroy unwanted plantations to clear the path for the soldiers. Agent Orange was a dangerous chemical, and there exists a concrete proof that soldiers who came in contact with this chemical may suffer from developmental disabilities and illnesses, in their later lives.
It has also been established that the Blue Water Navy Veterans who have served during the Vietnam war were exposed to the dangerous Agent Orange.
According to the 2019 Act of the Blue Water Navy Veteran, soldiers who were previously denied any services based on their claim of being exposed to Agent Orange – can now file a new claim based on the new act, and they will receive compensation based on the new Public Law 116-23.
According to the new act, the children of the Vietnam War Veterans, who served in Thailand, are also eligible for the VA Disability Compensation Program. If a veteran’s child is diagnosed with Spina bifida disease, then they can apply for the program.
There are certain eligibility criteria – that veterans need to meet – in order to apply for the Maine VA Disability Compensation Program. The veteran should have served in one of the locations where Agent Orange was used, and he was exposed to it. Similarly, the veterans who have developed disabilities due to the exposure to Agent Orange, are eligible to apply to receive the compensation.
Moreover, you must have been stationed at either the Republic of Vietnam or have been on a military ship – that was operational in the Vietnam waterways or have been stationed at the U.S Army checkpoints in Thailand between the time of 9 of January 1962 to May 7, 1975.
The eligibility criteria for the VA Disability Compensation Program are determined in accordance with the Veterans’ claim.
To apply for the program, you will have to file a claim and submit it to the VA office along with all the required documents. You must also provide a document – highlighting your military service career – to prove that you have been exposed to Agent Orange. You must also submit a medical record showing that you are suffering from illness caused due to exposure to Agent Orange. If you have an illness that you believe is caused by Agent Orange but is not on the list, you will have to provide supporting evidence to prove your claim.
To learn more about the Main VA Disability Compensation Program visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website. You can also apply via phone. Dial the number – 877-222-8387