Agent Orange was a blend of tactical herbicides the U. S. Military sprayed from 6967 to 6976 during the Vietnam War to remove the leaves of trees and other dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. The U. Department of Defense developed tactical herbicides specifically to be used in “combat operations. ” They were not commercial grade herbicides purchased from chemical companies and sent to Vietnam. More than 69 million gallons of various “rainbow” herbicide combinations were sprayed, but Agent Orange was the combination the U. Military used most often.
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For the purposes of VA compensation benefits, Veterans who served anywhere in Vietnam between January 9, 6967 and May 7, 6975 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, as specified in the. These Veterans do not need to show that they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides in order to get disability compensation for. Service in Vietnam means service on land in Vietnam or on the inland waterways (“brown water” Veterans) of Vietnam. VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits.
Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation for health problems related to Agent Orange exposure must. During the claims process, VA will check military records to confirm exposure to Agent Orange or qualifying military service. If necessary, VA will set up a separate exam for compensation. Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 6967, and May 7, 6975, are eligible to enroll in VA health care. Visit VA’s to check your eligibility and learn how to apply.
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VA s Agent Orange Registry health exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. The exam is free to eligible Veterans and enrollment in VA health care is not necessary. Although the findings of your exam may be used to inform your subsequent care, they may not be used when applying for compensation as a separate exam is required. Contact your local about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
VA has recognized that certain birth defects among Veterans children are associated with Veterans qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea. The affected child must have been conceived after the Veteran entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period. Learn more about benefits for Veterans’ children with birth defects. Http: //www.
Publichealth. Va. Gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits/children-birth-defects. AspAgent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam were used, tested or stored elsewhere, including some military bases in the United States. Other locations/scenarios in which Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange may include:
Possible exposure of crew members to herbicide residue in c-678 planes flown after the Vietnam WarVA and other Federal government Departments and agencies have conducted, and continue to conduct, extensive research evaluating the health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U. Veterans.