In February, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans to expand locations and time frames that it presumes exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.

Under this proposal, the VA would add locations in the United States, Canada and India to the existing presumptives for Agent Orange in Vietnam, Cambodia, Johnston Atoll, Guam, American Samoa, Korea, Laos and Thailand.

A presumptive of exposure lowers the burden of proof required, helping fast-track disability benefits for veterans exposed to certain toxins. This expansion will help veterans who served in specified locations receive health care and benefits for certain cancers and chronic conditions.

DAV benefits advocates at all levels provide best-in-class service, free of charge, and are ready to help file a VA disability claim. If you have questions about this proposed expansion or any other questions about veterans benefits, please contact your nearest DAV service office by visiting