Vietnam Era Presumptive Diseases

Agent Orange/Herbicides

Vietnam veterans who served in country Vietnam and have been diagnosed with certain presumptive diseases may be eligible for tax-free monthly compensation payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The list of conditions are presumed to be service-connected by the VA based on exposure to Agent Orange. To be eligible you must have served in country Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and have a current diagnosis. Veterans who served in country Vietnam are eligible for VA healthcare without regard to income. 

Other veterans that may be eligible for monthly compensation payments for Agent Orange/Herbicide related conditions are: Blue Water Veterans who served on ships off the shores of Vietnam and who stepped foot on land, veterans whose military service involved regular contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft, Air Force veterans who served near the perimeter on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat and Don Muang anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 and Army veterans who provided perimeter security on RTAF bases in Thailand as well as those who served along the demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.

Presumptive Diseases:

  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne (early onset)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Ischemic heart disease (including but not limited to, acute, subacute and old myocardial infarction: atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease including coronary bypass surgery; and stable and unstable Prinzmetal's angina)
  • All chronic B-cell leukemias (including but not limited to, hairy-cell leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy, acute & subacute (early onset)
  • Respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx or trachea)
  • Soft-tissue sarcoma