VA to Re-characterize Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy as Presumptive to Agent Orange Exposure (from NSN Today)
|Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy|
By Eugene B. Richardson, M.Div., EdM, MS
President of the Network for Neuropathy Support, Inc.
The Federal Register dated August 10, 2012, notes that the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) proposed substituting early-onset peripheral neuropathy for acute and subacute neuropathy (est. 2004) on its list of diseases presumed to be related to Agent Orange (AO) exposure. The public comment period on the proposal is open until October 9th.
I encourage and plead with everyone reading this article to PLEASE go to the Federal Register link and comment for the government record.
This means that the veteran exposed to Agent Orange, who can prove that they were stationed in Vietnam or Korea, who had symptoms at least 10% disabling as defined by the VA within one year after exposure, would be approved for service connected compensation and treatment without having to prove the connection between Agent Orange and Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy.