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?
- 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
- 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.