Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not recognize a causal connection between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and Glioblastoma, a kind of brain cancer.
The VA has made exceptions in the past and allowed some veterans to prove the connection between Agent Orange exposure and Glioblastoma. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is working to make sure fewer veterans have to jump through hoops to obtain this recognition: “There have been more than 20 individual appeals of vets with Glioblastoma that have been approved.”
Senator Schumer has requested that the VA make publicly available “all claims submitted by veterans, or VSOs on a veteran’s behalf, for service-connected disability compensation due to a veteran’s diagnosis of Glioblastoma.”
He has also asked the VA to fill in gaps of information in its data set for Vietnam era veterans who have been diagnosed with Glioblastoma. Diagnoses received by private physicians are not counted in the VA’s data.
Lastly, Senator Schumer encouraged the VA to commission research “to determine whether a causal relationship exists between Glioblastoma and exposure to dioxins like Agent Orange.”