Fed. Circ. Axes Bid for Extended Agent Orange Law Coverage

By Nicole Rosenthal (June 17, 2022, 7:58 p.m. EDT) – A nonprofit veterans group lost its bid to expand a law presuming herbicide exposure for some Vietnam War veterans on Friday after the federal circuit found little evidence linking the tactic of chemical use and storage to Guam and Johnston Island.

While Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc. was able to provide evidence showing the presence of Agent Orange chemicals in Guam and Johnston Island, a panel of three Federal Circuit Judges agreed with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that the 1991 Agent Orange Act only covers tactical herbicides used in warfare and only in South Vietnam, which was officially known as…

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