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Agent Orange Exposure While Serving outside Vietnam or Korea

You may have had contact with Agent Orange even if you did not serve in Vietnam or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Agent Orange is a toxic chemical used to clear trees and plants during the Vietnam War. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits for illnesses believed to be caused by contact with 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 have been caused by Agent Orange and you meet any of the requirements listed below.

At least one of these must be true:

  • You had regular security duties on the fenced-in perimeters of bases in Thailand during the Vietnam Era, or
  • You served in Thailand or Korea where there was testing or storage of Agent Orange and other herbicides, or
  • You had regular and repeated contact with a C-123 aircraft that had traces of Agent Orange, or
  • You took part in projects that tested, disposed of, or stored Agent Orange

See a list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified survivors

What kind of disability benefits can I get?


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 had contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military. If you were exposed outside of the areas listed, please give your location and timeframe of service so we can review your claim.
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.

Exception:
If you’re a Blue Water Veteran with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you don’t need to show that you had contact with Agent Orange. We recognize non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as related to service in Vietnam or its offshore waters during the Vietnam Era.
Learn more about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 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.

Get more information

Want to know more about benefits for Veterans with illnesses believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange?
Learn more about Agent Orange benefits.