AMVETS, POST#14







    AMVETS, POST #14

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Agent Orange Info

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 1 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

See a list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.



Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified survivors

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)

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.

. What are the signs and symptoms of Agent Orange?

A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure. A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas.

What diseases does Agent Orange cause?

Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases.

  • AL Amyloidosis. ...
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias. ...
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease) ...
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. ...
  • Hodgkin's Disease. ...
  • Ischemic Heart Disease. ...
  • Multiple Myeloma. ...
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)

The exam will NOT confirm (or deny) exposure to Agent Orange. Unfortunately, there's no medical test or biological feature that can show that someone was exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides, so the health exam cannot confirm that you were (or were not) exposed.

Why is Agent Orange called Agent Orange?

Agent Orange was a herbicide mixture used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Much of it contained a dangerous chemical contaminant called dioxin. Production of Agent Orange ended in the 1970s and is no longer in use. ... The chemical dioxin in Agent Orange can remain toxic in the soil for decades.

Does Agent Orange cause diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and Agent Orange. Veterans who develop type 2 diabetes mellitus and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their diabetes and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.

Can diabetes be service connected?

If diabetes is diagnosed on active duty or within the first year after ETS, that may also be service connected. Adult onset diabetes is a very common disease in America that affects many men as they get older. VA won't recognize it as service connected unless there is evidence that military service caused it.

What benefits are diabetics entitled to?

There are a number of benefits available for people with diabetes and/or their carers.

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) ...
  • DLA for parents of children with diabetes. ...
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ...
  • Attendance Allowance for over 65s. ...
  • Employment and Support Allowance. ...
  • Pension credit. ...
  • Housing benefit.

Is type 2 diabetes considered a disability?

Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be managed. ... Additionally, because the determination of whether an impairment is a disability is made without regard to the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures, diabetes is a disability even if insulin, medication, or diet controls a person's blood glucose levels