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Agent Orange Disability Benefits


* Update — Ischemic Heart Disease was added as a covered condition as of October 30, 2010. 

Veterans with ischemic heart disease who served in Vietnam or other areas where Agent Orange was used maybe qualify for an Agent Orange registry health examination for free. Vietnam Veterans may apply for disability compensation for IHD using the
VA's Fast Track Claims Processing System.


When people talk about "Agent Orange", they're referring to an incident during the United States Armed Forces' involvement in Vietnam where nearly twenty million gallons of various herbicides were dropped on unwanted plants between 1962 and 1971 to remove potential cover for enemy combatants. While the strategy proved effective from a tactical viewpoint, the end cost would be the health of many Vietnam War Veterans.

After coming home, many soldiers found that they were experiencing a wide range of health problems, many of which could be attributed to exposure to herbicides including Agent Orange, a primary poison used in ridding Vietnamese territory of unwanted foliage.

In response, the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive program to deal with the effects of these and other medical concerns. The core principles of the program include quality health coverage, adequate compensation for Veterans with Service-related disabilities, and continuing research and development for treatment of medical problems related to injuries and conditions experienced in the Armed Forces. The end goal is to ensure that those who have taken injury or illness in the line of duty are adequately taken care of and compensated in return for service to their country.

The VA recognizes that certain cancers and other diseases are connected to exposure to Agent Orange. Veterans and their children and/or survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits for these issues:
  • Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chloracne (or Similar Acneform Disease)
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease (recognized as of October 30, 2010)
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)

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