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Vietnam War
Service Related Illnesses

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bullet Exposure to Agent Orange (dioxin) and other toxic chemical herbicides

bullet Hepatitis B

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bullet HIV/AIDS

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Agent Orange/Dioxin

Agent Orange is a highly toxic herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to defoliate hiding places used by the enemy and to clear the perimeters of military installations. Although colorless, it is known as “Agent Orange” because of an orange-colored band painted on the drums used to store and transport it.

After years of advocacy led by Vietnam Veterans of America, Congress enacted into law the Agent Orange Act of 1991. This legislation empowered the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to declare certain maladies as “presumptive” to exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin and enable Vietnam veterans, as well as some veterans who served along the demilitarized zone in Korea during the late 1960s, to receive treatment and compensation for these health conditions. Service-connected benefits, however, may also be granted for other maladies not yet recognized as presumptive service-connected health conditions.

Presumptive Service Connected Illnesses Recognized by the VA
As Connected to Agent Orange Herbicide Exposure

Cancers –

*subject to time requirements for purposes of filing claims

NOTE: This list may change over time. For official updates, see Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations Section 3.303(e) “Disease associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents”

Birth Defects* Recognized by the VA
As Connected to Agent Orange Herbicide Exposure

Children born to female Vietnam veterans

Not covered are conditions that are congenital malignant neoplasms, chromosomal disorders, or developmental disorders. In addition, conditions that do not result in permanent physical or mental disability are not covered birth defects.

NOTE: this list may change over time. Additional information about birth defects and Agent Orange exposure can be found online at http:// maintained by the National Birth Defect Registry.

To file a VA claim based on exposure to Agent Orange, contact a service officer at the following link:

Click on the cover image to read the VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange
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