Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict. Shortly following their military service in Vietnam, some veterans reported a variety of health problems and concerns which some of them attributed to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive program to respond to these medical problems and concerns. The principal elements of this program include quality healthcare services, disability compensation for veterans with service-connected illnesses, scientific research and outreach and education.
(We would encourage any veteran with in-country Vietnam service and diagnosed diabetes mellitus to contact his or her local VA office (1-800-827-1000) for information and assistance on applying for benefits. Or you may apply on-line) http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp
Bipartisan legislation will improve quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans