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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - September 2, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Applauds Release of Final VA Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) welcomes the long-overdue release of regulations on the list of health problems that the VA will presume to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures, adding two new conditions and expand one existing category of conditions.  Under these new rules, published on 31 August 2010 in the Federal Register by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, will automatically be presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange for Parkinson’s disease, B-Cell leukemia, and ischemic heart disease (IHD),  The new regulations can be found in their entirety on the internet at the GPO website  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-21556.pdf,  It is anticipated that the VA will start paying on the back claims on or after October 31, 2010, following a Congressionally mandated 60-day waiting period.


Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange herbicides and who suffer from one of the eligible diseases should file a claim immediately, and may apply on line at: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. Exposed veterans who filed a claim prior to August 31, 2010, may be covered under a court class ruling, Nehmer v. Department of Veterans Affairs (Nehmer), which, in most cases, provides for payment back to the date of the original claim filing date. Nehmer also allows payment of back benefits to the surviving spouse or to the veteran’s estate.  Veterans who filed a claim prior to August 31, 2010, should contact a Veterans Service Officer to ensure all benefits are received.


The organization now known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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