Uncover Disabilities That May Be Compensable
By USVCP Staff
June 18, 2018
VA established the Agent Orange Registry to track the special health concerns of veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange during their military service. The collected data enables VA to understand and address health problems more effectively. The process includes:
- No cost for eligible Veterans, no requirement for a copayment
- Comprehensive examination, including exposure and medical histories, laboratory tests, and physical exam
- Results discussed by a VA health professional with Veteran, both in a personal face-to-face consultation and a follow-up letter
- No requirement to enroll in VA health care system to receive registry exam
- Agent Orange Registry exam is not a claim for VA benefits; nor is it required to receive VA benefits.
Veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, regardless of the length of time, are eligible for the Agent Orange Registry examination. Veterans who served aboard smaller river patrol and swift boats that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam (also known as "Brown Water Veterans") also are eligible.
Veterans who served in Korea during 1968 or 1969 are eligible. VA currently is considering expanding these dates.
Veterans who may have been exposed to herbicides during a military operation or as a result of testing, transporting, or spraying herbicides for military purposes may be eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
It is very important that all veterans need to take advantage of the Agent Orange Protocol Exam. The physical exam is a thorough investigation on the health of the veteran. The exam helps a veteran better understand what compensable ailments he/she may be able to claim.