How to Fast Track your Agent Orange Claim

AGENT ORANGE Fast Track Claims Processing System

With recent reports of VA Disability Claim backlogs approaching the 1 million mark, and an average 125 day wait, this is valuable information for Agent Orange exposed veterans filing claims for the first time.

The Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website that is dedicated to processing claims for Vietnam Veterans who are filing first-time service connection claims for any of the following conditions:

Exposed veterans can use the website to apply for disability benefits for these conditions if they served in the Republic of Vietnam or in-land waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.  Veterans who have previously applied for service connection for these conditions, or who wish to apply for service connection for any additional conditions,  should apply using the traditional claims process at the nearest VA Regional Office or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Agent Orange Fast Track has many features to expedite the claims process.

  • You can submit an application for benefits and evidence supporting your claim;
  • You can view your claim status;
  • You can view a list of evidence VA has received;
  • Your physician can submit evidence online; and can also send hardcopy evidence to the Fast Track Claims Processing System.

UPDATE: All veterans can now electronically file and submit copies of medical evidence in support of their claim. See the VA eBenefits for more information.

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8 responses to “How to Fast Track your Agent Orange Claim

  1. I know it’s pase right now, but it took me four (4) for the VA to approve my claim! they invalidated other know disabilities that occurred while on active duty! I guess they [then] were compensating for such a high backlog, which was at 140,000 unprocessed claims! I find that disheartening for the veterans currently coming back from Afghanistan and iraq! Very disenfranchising!

  2. We know how to send our young men and women off to war but do we really have the means and will to look after they come back? It doesn’t look that way. Capt. J.W, Lambert USMC

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  4. Iwas told to use fast track i would have to have All dr. reports sent in by me on hard copy if they have to request them then i can not file using fast track.My file is over 400 sheets and i would have to pay for it myself and i just do not have that kind of money.My Dr. said if the va would ask for them there would no charge to them for them,is this correct or should i speak to someone else.

    • Larry. Thanks for this question. If the VA does ask for copies of your records, then you can ask the VSO (Veterans Service Officer) of that hospital to assist you. Each VA VSO is paid for by various veterans service organizations, such as the VFW, and exists solely to assist all veterans. That includes help with providing documentation for & filing their claim. Ask your local VA or VFW to put you in touch with their VSO regarding help with your Fast Track claim. Many medical documents required for fast track can simply be uploaded online, and a VSO can help you digitally submit that documentation without having to make physical copies. If it is deemed that physical copies are needed, then the VSO can also assist you with making those copies free of charge.

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