A recent study came out from ProPublica revealing that the Agent Orange Act, which was implemented in 1991 to compensate veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, is not being applied equally to all veterans. Many are still being denied care and continue to fight for compensation, decades later. Some 2.6 million military personnel are estimated to have been exposed to Agent Orange, says the US Department of Veteran Affairs.
This is reminiscent of last year, when the Garlock Asbestos decision denied compensation to 4,000 Navy service members who have – or will die from – Mesothelioma, after reducing the amount owed to them by 90%. Limiting liability prevents our service members from receiving the healthcare they need. (For more on asbestos exposure in the military, go here.)