Via America’s Lawyer: A Federal Court of Appeals ruled last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs has to start paying disability benefits to Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam. Mike Papantonio explains more.

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And finally tonight, some good news. A Federal Court of Appeals ruled last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs has to start paying disability benefits to Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam. For decades now, the VA has denied benefits to Navy service members because they claimed that since they never actually stepped on Vietnamese soil, they weren’t part of the original Agent Orange settlement process.

But lawyers disagreed and successfully showed that the chemical made its way into the air and poisoned countless Navy veterans who were serving just offshore. Liability lawsuits for decades still rage on today with this case, whether it’s Agent Orange, asbestos exposure or tobacco, these cases that most people think we’re finished years ago are still being fought in courtrooms across this country, to this day, and trial lawyers fighting these battles are the only hope that many consumers, even those who were poisoned by corporate toxins years ago, that those people still have a chance.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.