March 21, 2016 4:35 a.m.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal led a bipartisan group of five senators on Friday in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to provide more veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone with access to critical health care benefits.
Right now only veterans who served in the Korean DMZ during specific dates are granted a presumption of exposure to Agent Orange, which allows easier access to health care and benefits for conditions caused by toxins. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, the senators called on the agency to extend the timeframe of the presumption to include veterans affected during the initial herbicide spraying.
The letter is the result of the case of a Connecticut veteran who has health conditions that could have resulted from Agent Orange exposure while serving in the Korean DMZ.