Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide used by the U.S. military from 1962 to 1975, named for the orange band around the storage drum. The military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other tactical herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War. Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange include Veterans who were in Vietnam, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, on Thai Air Force bases, and who flew on or worked on C-123 Aircraft. Several decades later, concerns about health effects from these chemicals, including dioxin, a byproduct of Agent Orange production, continue.

The Veterans Administration (VA) offers eligible Veterans a free Agent Orange Registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to exposure. VA also offers health care, disability compensation, and other benefits to eligible Veterans for certain disease conditions, as well as benefits for children of Vietnam Veterans who have spina-bifida. Dependents and survivors may also be eligible for other benefits.

Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation if they have a disability related to Agent Orange exposure during service and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. The following link will download a Word Document that provides a list of those Navy units that may have been exposed to Agent Orange:

"Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange"

A list of various medical conditions, which the US Government assumes could have been caused by Agent Orange are provided in the following link:

"Veteran's Diseases Associated with Agent Orange"

If you can determine that you were exposed to Agent Orange and have been affected by one of the listed medical conditions, you may want to consider applying with the VA for disability compensation or medical coverage as appropriate.

VA Submission Best Practices

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply and making sure your claim is ready to be processed, visit the VA How to Apply page.

Additional Resources for Help with Submitting Claims

The Veterans Law Blog has great information. Their site is “Leading Veterans through the Fog of VA Claims”.

Updated: March 09, 2018
Curator: Ed Moore