The U.S. military used Agent Orange to clear plants and trees during the Vietnam War. If you served in Vietnam or in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during the Vietnam Era—or in certain related jobs—you may have had contact with this herbicide. We refer to this as having a presumption of contact. Find out if you can get disability compensation and other benefits for illnesses we believe are caused by Agent Orange.
Can I get disability benefits from VA?
You may be able to get disability benefits if the below descriptions are true for you.
This must be true:
- You have an illness we believe is caused by Agent Orange (called a presumptive disease)
And at least one of these must also be true. You:
- Came into contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military, or
- Served in or near the DMZ for any length of time between September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971, or
- Served in the Republic of Vietnam for any length of time between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. This may include serving aboard a vessel on the inland waterways, or on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia (as detailed in Public Law 116-23, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019).
- Qualified dependents
What kind of 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 and submit your evidence (supporting documents).
If you have an illness we believe is caused by Agent Orange
You won’t need to show that the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service. This is because we believe that certain illnesses are the result of exposure to herbicides. We refer to these as presumptive diseases.
If you have an illness that’s not on the list of Agent Orange‒related diseases, but you believe was caused by Agent Orange
You’ll need to:
- Provide scientific and medical evidence that the condition is related to exposure to Agent Orange, or
- Show that the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service
Scientific proof may include an article from a medical journal or a published research study.
Get more information
Contact us if you have questions:
- Call the Agent Orange help line at 800-749-8387, or
- Send an email to GW/
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.
- ·In Vietnam or Korea
- ·Between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, in Vietnam, or between September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971, in or near the DMZ
- ·On U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships or other vessels in or near Vietnam
- ·Between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975