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Agent Orange

The U.S. military used Agent Orange to clear plants and trees during the Vietnam War. If you served in or near Vietnam during the Vietnam War Era—or in certain related jobs—you may have had contact with this toxic chemical. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits for illnesses believed to be caused by Agent Orange.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get disability benefits if:

  • You have an illness believed to be caused by Agent Orange, and
  • You came into contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military

See the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents

What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. Apply for disability benefits.

Note:

  • If you have an illness believed to be caused by Agent Orange, you won’t need to show the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service. See the list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.
  • If you have an illness that’s not on this list, but you believe it was caused by Agent Orange, you’ll need to show the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service.

Get more information

Do you think you may have had contact with Agent Orange or other herbicides while serving in the military? Get an Agent Orange Registry Health Exam.

Do you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of cancer)? You can get VA support. Learn about Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Agent Orange.

Find out if you had contact with Agent Orange

You may have had contact if you served in any of these ways: