Agent Orange


Agent Orange Overview:  Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict.  Shortly following their military service in Vietnam, some veterans reported a variety of health problems and concerns which some of them attributed to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed a comprehensive program to respond to these medical problems and concerns.  The principal elements of this program include quality health care services, disability compensation for veterans with service-connected illnesses, scientific research and outreach and education.

Health Conditions Presumptively Recognized to Date


The following health conditions are presumptively recognized for service connection for Vietnam veterans, based on exposure to herbicides and related materials during the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans with one or more of these conditions do not have to show that their illness(es) is (are) related to their military service to get disability compensation. VA presumes that their condition is service-connected.


Conditions Recognized in Veterans:


1. Chloracne (must occur within 1 year of exposure to Agent Orange)


2. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


3. Soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)


4. Hodgkin’s disease


5. Porphyria cutanea tarda (must occur within 1 year of exposure)


6. Multiple myeloma


7. Respiratory cancers, including cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus


8. Prostate cancer


9. Acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy (must appear within 1 year of exposure and resolve within 2 years of date of onset)


10. Type 2 diabetes


11. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia


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