During their time in service a number of veterans were exposed to environmental toxins in the course of their duties. VA has set up registries for those members to join which not only allows conditions to be monitored and studied but also provides assistance to those veterans suffering ailments due to the exposure. Veterans on these registries have programs available to them offering free medical exams, diagnostic tests, laboratory procedures and provides health information for any diseases they may suffer as a result of exposure. A VA examination is required to be included in the registries. As long as time of service coincides with the time of possible exposure to a toxic substance deemed accurate by the registry parameters, the veteran will automatically be included in the designated registry. If any veteran suspects they could possibly be part of one of these registries it is to their benefit to have an examination. This allows for greater study of any illnesses associated with different types of exposure and also can help them predict what illnesses in the future they might be combating and identify what might be categorized as service-connected illnesses. For complete information visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/
Due to the exposure during the Vietnam War of so many veterans to Agent Orange the VA has compiled a list of illnesses that they will presume a result of this exposure. This presumption gives those veterans experiencing these illnesses the ability to go and seek health benefits and care without having to prove association between their illness and their military service. The following illnesses are encompassed by the VA's presumption rule:
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