If I were to get mesothelioma from asbestos or other diseases from exposure at the work place I would be entitled to compensation. I would not have to be disabled or unable to hold any job to be compensated. Yet a soldier can be exposed to Agent Orange, have two diseases from that exposure and only be compensated if they are unable to work. There is no compensation for the actual damage done or failure to observe reasonable precautions. Even with proof of the diseases and the government acknowledgment that they were caused by Agent Orange the process for any disability takes 6-18 months. Between the above and the rapid erosion of retirement benefits I would find it very difficult to encourage any young person to pursue the military as a career. Our government's memory is very short.