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Agent Orange Exposure

The U.S. military used Agent Orange to clear plants and trees during the Vietnam War. If you served in or near Vietnam during the Vietnam Era—or in certain related jobs—you may have had contact with this toxic chemical. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits for illnesses believed to be caused by Agent Orange.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get disability benefits if both of the below descriptions are true for you.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an illness believed to be caused by Agent Orange, and
  • You came into contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military

See the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents

What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation and submit your evidence (supporting documents).

If you have an illness believed to be caused by Agent Orange, you won’t need to show the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service. This is because we believe that certain diseases are the result of exposure to herbicides. We refer to these as presumptive diseases.
See the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

  • When you file your claim, you'll need to submit this evidence:
    • A medical record that shows you have an Agent Orange‒related illness, and
    • A military record that shows your service dates in Vietnam or in or near the Korean demilitarized zone, and
    • Evidence that proves exposure to herbicides in a location other than Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.


If you have an illness that’s not on the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses, but you believe it was caused by Agent Orange, you’ll need to show the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service.
See the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

  • When you file your claim, you’ll need to submit this evidence:

    • A medical record showing your current disability, and
    • A medical record showing a connection between exposure to Agent Orange and the current disability, and
    • Evidence that proves either:
      • Contact with Agent Orange in a location other than Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone, or
      • Service in Vietnam or at or near the Korean demilitarized zone during the dates listed below

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.

Get more information

See the Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables.

Contact us if you have questions:

  • Call the Agent Orange Help Line at 1-800-749-8387 or
  • Send an email to GW/AOHelpline@vba.va.gov

Note: Please be ready to give us your name, email address, telephone number, and VA file number or Social Security number.

If you think you may have had contact with Agent Orange or other herbicides while serving in the military, you can request a health exam.
Get an Agent Orange Registry Health Exam.

If you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of cancer), you can get VA support.
Learn about Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Agent Orange.