Agent Orange Update

Information about Agent Orange, possible health-related problems and VA benefits




  • Latest Agent Orange Report: The Institute of Medicine has just released, “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010.” This is one in a series of reviews of the long-term health effects of herbicides on Vietnam Veterans. VA is assessing this report.
  • New Vietnam Veterans ship list: VA has released a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam to help Vietnam-era Veterans find out if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure.

Agent Orange is the name of a specific blend of herbicides used during the Vietnam era. The military sprayed millions of gallons on trees and vegetation that provided cover for enemy forces.

Some Vietnam-era Veterans were exposed to these herbicides.  Learn how Veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service, including outside Vietnam.

VA and many other government departments and agencies have conducted research studies on the possible health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. Veterans.

VA has recognized certain cancers and other diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.  Veterans, Veterans’ children and survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits for these diseases and health care benefits.

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5 Responses to "Agent Orange Update"

  1. Cindy  October 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Is anyone aware of any active litigation in the attempt to have sinus cancers acknowledged as a result of Agent Orange? Claim has been denied. Is it best to simply state I want to appeal so the case is not closed should there be a change in acknowledged diseases? We also have a daughter who had thyroid cancer at 12 yrs old. Just seems a bit too coincidental…..

  2. Margee'  October 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

    We still believe Brain Cancer in Nam Vets was caused by Agent orange. there are too many Nam Vets with Brain Cancer or have already died from Brain Cancer.
    We will not give up on this!

  3. Bob Macfarlane  September 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Eight years of battling the VA over myelodysplastic syndrome for myself and hundreds of fellow ‘Nam vets and widows and yesterday the Institute of Medicine basically ignored the issue.

    With literally thousands of pages of documentation, letters from some of the finest oncologists / hematologists in the world stating that MDS and other bone marrow failure diseases are directly linked to AO, the IOM ignored the facts. As a group, we are 14,000% more likely to have this disease than the general population – – – no relationship?

    So much for the nation honoring our service and sacrifice.

  4. NightFlyer  September 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    All these location updates are good, but what about those of us who have already been confirmed, had cancer cut out of our bosies, radiation treatments at the VAMC and still have received one penny in compensation?

    Some got paid, many di not. I one who has not received one cent in compensation although I’ve been through the cirus hoops and filed every document requested.

    Writing Congress person and senators have done nothing, writing to VA organizations has done nothing, writing to VA regionals has gone nowhere.

    So how do I get out of this hole my file has been dropped into? Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks,
    George Lovenguth Lawlor

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