Herbicide Exposure & VA Benefits

According to the VA Public Health, U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) based at U-Tapao, as well as other named perimeter air bases anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 were exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits. If you served at U-Tapao during these time periods you were probably exposed to Agent Orange and various other toxic herbicides. As a result, you may have contracted cancer, developed Type 2 Diabetes or suffer other health ailments directly related to your military service.
In 2010, the VA established special procedures for claims based on herbicide used in Thailand during the period February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975. The VA found that there was significant use of herbicides on the fenced perimeters of military installations in Thailand based on a declassified DoD document titled Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report: Base Defense in Thailand. The VA concedes that Air Force veterans who served at U-Tapao as security policemen, security patrol dog handlers, or members of a security police squadron, or otherwise who served near a base perimeter, as shown by their military occupational specialty (MOS), daily work duties, performance evaluations, or other credible evidence were exposed to these dangerous herbicides.

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