My father recently passed away due to his exposure to Agent Orange Defoliant. It is documented, and he recieved veterans benifits. His death certificate clearly states that he died as a result of his exposure.
When he was alive, shortly after he recieved approval for his agent orange benifits, he received a packet with information pertaining to the effects of Agent Orange, and it's subsequent effects on victims offspring. It was en eye-opening experience as we both read the informative contents. I had suffered all through my childhood with development problems, physically, socially, psycologically, and suffered a very strained relationship with my father not only because of his lack of understanding for the cause of such problems, but also as a result of the complications he was having himself. The effects of my fathers Agent Orange exposure have proven to be unbelievably problematic to me throughout my life, one of the greatest of which being his untimely death. These effects have continued on throughout my life to this day.
I myself attempted to serve in the military myself, and was discharged for treatment of adult A.D.D. (a learning disability that I later found I had suffered from since childhood. According to the paperwork my father received,it is one of the many signs indicative of the effect of Agent Orange exposure in victim's offspring).
I was born with breathing complications sufficient enough to cause extended hospitalization before being released to the care of my parents at home. I have had digestive problems all my life, with no other apparent reason or cause for symptoms. I often had abdominal, joint, and various other pain that was sometimes debilitating for unknown reasons.
I often had problems relating to, and socializing with people my age, and though I was quite capable of clear conversation in one-on-one situations, I found it very hard to get along with a group.
I did not graduate high school due to my undiscovered learning disability, and my lack of social development.
I won't go into all the complications that I have encountered throughout my life that although previously were considered unexplainable, came to great "light" (if you will) after finding this information.
What rights/benifits am I entitled to? I have already been told that because I did not attent A.I.T. (phase 2 of initial training after Basic Combat Training, that I am not considered prior service, and because I did suffer direct service related exposure to Agent Orange, I am not entitled to benifits through the VA)
If applicable, what legal recourse do I have? Under what constitution rights? what laws are applicable? Are there any attorneys that specialize in cases such as this, and what is the given success rate for cases pertaining specifiaclly to the offspring of Agent Orange victims?