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Process of benefits 'sped up' for US veterans with Parkinson's

Process of benefits 'sped up' for US veterans with Parkinson's
21st October 2009

Veterans of the US Army who served in the Vietnam War have been given extended rights to apply for benefits after the link between the conflict and Parkinson's disease was clarified.

Those suffering from such ailments as Parkinson's disease, ischemic heart disease and B-cell leukaemia now no longer have to prove there to be an association between their conditions and their exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical weapon used against the Viet Cong.

Speaking to the Troy Record, director of New York's Division of Veteran's Affairs Jim McDonough said the news was great for the 312,000 people who served in the conflict from the area.

He continued: "I encourage any veteran who served in Vietnam to contact the division to help determine their eligibility for benefits including these new presumptive categories of illness."

The Vietnam War was the longest conflict that the US has been involved with, sending around 1.2 million men to fight alongside South Vietnamese troops against North Vietnamese forces which were supported by China and the Soviet Union.

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