What You Need to Know About Benefits
The rules surrounding benefits compensation for exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, are not uniform. They’re different for each category of service member or beneficiary, no matter whether you served in country in Vietnam, or on a brown water or blue water craft. Check out our section of need-to-know information.
Associated Conditions And Diseases
Since Congress passed Public Law 102-4 in 1991, more than a dozen diseases and conditions have been added as presumptive to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides used in Vietnam and other areas of Southeast Asia. Take a look at our list of presumptive diseases. Do you have any of these conditions, or symptoms of any of these diseases?
Blue Water, Brown Water Veterans
SERVING ON SHIPS OR CRAFT
Brown water veterans carry the same presumption of exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, as do service members who fought on land in Vietnam. Blue water veterans are still fighting to get recognition from the VA — which believes personnel serving on the ships anchored in the open sea did not experience the same exposure as personnel on the ground.
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE STUDY: AIRMEN WERE EXPOSED
The concern over Agent Orange exposure extends beyond just ships and water craft deployed for the conduct of the Vietnam War to those aircraft that were involved in spraying herbicides. On June 19, 2015, the VA began extending benefits to Air Force Reserve members flying C-123s were exposed to Agent Orange.
Update: VA gives special consideration for exposure to Agent Orange in Thailand
Agent Orange at Okinawa
Recently released documents indicate that herbicide agents and other chemicals were once present at the U.S. Army Machinato Service Area, now known as Camp Kinser, in Okinawa, Japan. Learn more about these new developments and how it may affect your claim. Read More
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard
Ships In Vietnam
The current list of ships acknowledged by the Department of Defense and the VA in blue water or brown water service during the Vietnam War.IS MY SHIP ON THE LIST?
Herbicide Tests, Storage,
Usage Outside of Vietnam
Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War were tested or stored elsewhere, including some military bases in the United States.SHOW ME THE SITES
Download Physician Medical Statement
VetsHQ has developed a form that veterans can take to a physician or specialist to help determine if a service connection exists between current health condition(s) and military service.TELL ME MORE