Top 10 Things To Know About Agent Orange
- Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation for health problems related to Agent Orange exposure must file a claim.
- During the claims process, VA will check military records to confirm exposure to Agent Orange or qualifying military service. If necessary, VA will set up a separate exam for compensation.
5. VA offers health care benefits for Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service.
- Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, are eligible to enroll in VA health care. Visit VA's health benefits explorer to check your eligibility and learn how to apply.
6. Participating in an Agent Orange Registry health exam helps you, other Veterans and VA in processing claims related to Agent Orange exposure.
- VA's Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.
- The exam is free to eligible Veterans and enrollment in VA health care is not necessary. Although the findings of your exam may be used to inform your subsequent care, they may not be used when applying for compensation as a separate exam is required. Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
7. VA recognizes and offers support for the children of Veterans affected by Agent Orange who have birth defects.
- VA has recognized that certain birth defects among Veterans' children are associated with Veterans' qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea.
- For example, Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta), a defect in the developing fetus that results in incomplete closing of the spine, is associated with Veterans' exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea.