Agent Orange, Holocaust Memorial, Peter Lemon MOH

April 04, 2021


On this week’s 4 Minutes With LHFV, Veterans Attorney Jim Fausone will discuss recognized presumptive diseases or illnesses of Agent Orange exposure; a Veterans Radio podcast featuring the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan; and Peter C. Lemon’s remarkable Medal of Honor story from the Vietnam War, courtesy of Home of Heroes.

Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide used by the U.S. Military to clear leaves and vegetation, most popular during the Vietnam War. It was also used in Thailand, Korea, and other locations that VA recognizes and some it does not. Since then, we have learned that veterans exposed to Agent Orange are more likely to develop severe health complications later in life.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes these cancers as presumptive conditions of Agent Orange exposure:

  • Chronic B-cell leukemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Respirator cancers (including lung cancer)
  • Some soft tissue sarcomas

VA also recognizes these illnesses as presumptive conditions of Agent Orange exposure:

  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy, early onset
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda

If you have an illness that is not listed, but you believe it was caused by Agent Orange exposure, you can still file a claim for VA disability benefits. But you will need to submit more evidence.

Keep in mind, the location and time of your service is imperative for service-connecting your claim. Originally, VA only recognized disability claims from veterans that were boots on the ground. As the years have passed, that restriction has expanded to the Brown Water Navy, Blue Water Navy, as well as military zones in Korea and Thailand, among others.

Learn more about eligibility by downloading our eBook, Agent Orange: Beyond Vietnam.

Veterans Radio – Holocaust Memorial Center

Veterans Radio Podcasts: Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI

It is important to call out hate when you see it. In this recent podcast, we interviewed the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan to expand on that.

In our world today, there has been such a rise in anti-Semitism and prejudice, that we need to remind ourselves that the Holocaust isn’t just about the past, but how we bring it into our lives today.

Ruth Bergman (Director of Education) and Sarah Saltzman (Events Director), at the Holocaust Memorial Center share their thoughts on why this human tragedy should never be forgotten ever again. We thoroughly enjoyed this episode and its deeper meaning behind it, we think you will too.

Home of Heroes – Peter C. Lemon MOH

Sgt. Peter C. Lemon - Medal of Honor Recipient
Sgt. Peter C. Lemon

On June 15, 1971, Peter C. Lemon distinguished himself while serving as an assistant machine gunner during the defense of Fire Support Base Illingworth. He would be injured three times while single-handedly fending off the intensified enemy attack and saving his wounded comrades.

Lemon was successful in driving the enemy from their position, placing effective fire until he collapsed from his wounds and exhaustion. After regaining consciousness in an aid station, Lemon refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades had been evacuated.

Through his efforts, Sgt. Peter C. Lemon would successfully defend Fire Support Base Illingworth and receive the Medal of Honor as recognition for his service.

Read Peter C. Lemon’s Full Medal of Honor story on Home of Heroes.

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