I’m a Vietnam vet with HCL; I was diagnosed in 2008, was watched until 2009, treated with Cladribine March 2009, and am now in remission. My purpose in writing this is to raise awareness among vets about assistance available from the Veterans Administration. The VA covers a number of diseases they have determined to be presumptive due to exposure to Agent Orange. In October of 2009, HCL was added to this list of presumptive diseases. If you have been diagnosed with HCL and are a Vietnam vet, I would urge you to file a claim with your local VA office.
More information can be found at the VA website: http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1796