Victims of Agent Orange exposure to get disability claim

New benefit is expected to cost nearly $48-million over the next 10 years

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The government will now provide disability benefits to more than 2,000 Air Force veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

The new federal rule goes into effect Friday.

Those who flew or worked with C-123 airplanes from 1969 to 1986 and who may have been exposed to the chemical herbicide will be covered by these benefits.

It’s the first time the VA has established a separate category of Agent Orange exposure.

Howard Wais of Enfield told 22News, “I think they deserve anything they can get, and I think the government should be much more lenient in terms of what they approve in terms of claims.”

The new benefit is expected to cost nearly $48-million over the next 10 years.

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