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New conditions added to Agent Orange presumptive list

VA announced on October 13, 2009, that it will add three more illnesses to the “presumptive list” of Agent Orange related diseases: Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia, and ischemic heart disease.

In practical effect, this means that a service person who served in Vietnam during the war and has one of these diseases will find it far easier to establish service connection for these diseases.

For the Department of Veterans Affairs news release, see