Radiogenic Risk Activities

Radiogenic diseases can be caused by exposure to radiation. If you participated in an activity while on active duty that has a radiation risk, you may have developed one of these associated diseases.

Are you eligible for disability benefits?

Yes, if:

  • You were interned as a prisoner of war in Japan.
  • You participated in the postwar occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
  • You participated in atmospheric nuclear weapons testing.
  • You participated in underground nuclear weapons testing at Amchitka Island, Alaska.
  • You were assigned to a gaseous diffusion plant at one of the following:
    • Paducah, Kentucky
    • Portsmouth, Ohio, or
    • Area K-25 at Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Who is covered


Available benefits

  • Compensation
  • Health care

How it works

  • Your service records must prove you participated in one of the radiation risk activities described above and in 38 CFR 3.309(d)(3)(ii).
  • You have to claim an actual disease or disability. It is not enough to state that you were exposed to radiation during service.
  • You must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.