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Service in Vietnam or Korea

Did you serve in Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during the Vietnam War Era? If you did, you likely had contact with Agent Orange, a toxic chemical the U.S. military used to clear plants and trees during the war. 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 1 or more illnesses believed to be caused by Agent Orange and you served in:

  • Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) for any length of time between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, or
  • The Korean Demilitarized Zone for any length of time between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971

See a list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.


Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified survivors

What kind of disability benefits can I get?


How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. When you apply, you’ll have to show that you served in Vietnam (including aboard a ship on the inland waterways) or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during the time periods listed above. Apply for benefits.

Check the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships linked to service in Vietnam to find out if your service aboard a ship allows us to conclude that you had contact with Agent Orange. See the list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

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