Agent Orange exposure while serving in Vietnam or Korea
Did you serve in Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during the Vietnam Era? If you did, you likely had contact with Agent Orange, a toxic chemical the U.S. military used to clear plants and trees during the war. 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 you have one or more illnesses believed to be caused by Agent Orange and you served in one or both of the places listed below.
You must have served in one or both of these places:
- Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) for any length of time between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, or
- The Korean Demilitarized Zone for any length of time between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971
- Qualified survivors
What kind of disability benefits can I get?
- Health care
- Compensation (payments)
- An Agent Orange Registry health exam
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation. When you file, you’ll have to show that you served in Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during the time periods listed above.
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation
Check the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships linked to service in Vietnam to find out if your service aboard a ship allows us to conclude that you had contact with Agent Orange.
What if I need help filing my claim?
You can get help from a trained professional trusted to help with VA-related claims.
Get help filing your claim