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Waters in or near Vietnam

If you served on a Blue Water Navy ship on the **inland waterways** of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975—or you ever came ashore in Vietnam—you likely had contact with Agent Orange. The U.S. military used this toxic chemical to clear trees and plants during the war. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits for illnesses believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange.

If you served on the coastal waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975—and you can prove you came ashore—you also likely had contact with Agent Orange, and you may be able to get disability benefits.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

Yes, if you have 1 or more illnesses believed to be caused by Agent Orange and either of these is true:

  • Your military record shows that you were aboard 1 of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that entered Vietnam’s inland waterways, or
  • You came ashore in Vietnam

See a list of Agent Orange‒related illnesses.

Learn more about U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in Vietnam.

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 were aboard 1 of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that entered Vietnam’s inland waterways. If your ship docked or landed crewmembers, you’ll have to show that you went ashore. If you didn’t go ashore or serve aboard a ship that entered the inland waterways of Vietnam, you’ll have to show that you had contact with Agent Orange in another way while serving in the military. We decide these claims on a case-by-case basis. Apply for benefits.

Exception: If you’re a Blue Water Veteran with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of cancer), you don’t need to show where you came into contact with Agent Orange. We believe that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be caused by contact with Agent Orange through service in Vietnam or its offshore waters during the Vietnam Era. Learn more about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Agent Orange.

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 means you likely had contact with Agent Orange. See the list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

Get more information

Learn more about Blue Water Veterans and Agent Orange.

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