Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans
If you suspect you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your military service, you can request a VA Agent Orange Registry health exam. Even if you don’t have a known illness, the exam could alert you to health problems that may be related to herbicide exposure. Your participation also helps VA better understand and serve those affected by Agent Orange–related health problems.
Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator if you are interested in getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
Are you eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam?
Yes, if you served in:
- Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, regardless of length of time.
- Vietnam on smaller river patrol and swift boats that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam (also known as “Brown Water Veterans”). Check VA’s list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam.
- Korea in a unit in or near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971.
- Thailand (U.S. Air Force Veterans) on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases near U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975.
- Thailand (U.S. Army Veterans) as perimeter security personnel on RTAF bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975.
- Thailand (U.S. Army Veterans) on some small Army installations in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975. You must have been a member of a military police (MP) unit or assigned a military occupational specialty with duty placing you at or near the base perimeter.
- Other locations but were exposed to herbicides during a military operation or as a result of testing, transporting, or spraying herbicides for military purposes. Learn about herbicide tests and storage outside Vietnam.
Who is covered
How it works
Contact your VA Environmental Health Coordinator to make an appointment for your exam.
This comprehensive health exam is free to eligible Veterans and includes:
- Your exposure history
- Your medical history
- A physical exam
- Medical tests that may be needed
A VA health professional will discuss your results with you and will follow up with a letter detailing your results.
Important points about the Agent Orange Registry health exam:
- It is not a disability compensation exam, nor is it required for other VA benefits. If you want to be considered for disability compensation, you must file a claim.
- You do not need to enroll in VA’s health care system to receive a registry health exam.
- The exam is based on your recollection of service, not on your military records.
- The exam will not confirm exposure to Agent Orange.
- You can receive additional, free Registry exams if new problems develop.
- Veterans’ family members are not eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam.