Veterans who served along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Korea during the Vietnam War now have an easier path to access health care and benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded the dates when illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange can be presumed related to their military service.
Previously, VA recognized exposure for service between April 1968 and July 1969. VA now presumes exposure for service between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, if a Veteran served in a unit determined by VA and the Department of Defense to have operated in an area of the DMZ where Agent Orange or other herbicides were applied. The expanded dates took effect on February 24, 2011.
This presumption simplifies and speeds the application process for Veterans of the Korean DMZ. VA encourages Veterans who believe they have health problems related to Agent Orange to submit their applications for VA health care and disability compensation benefits.
To apply for health care benefits contact the nearest VA health care facility at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
To file a claim for disability benefits, apply online at www.ebenefits.va.gov, or contact the nearest VA regional office at 1-800-827-1000.
Veterans who served along the Korean DMZ may also be eligible for a free Agent Orange Registry health evaluation.
Agent Orange Registry Health Evaluation for Eligible Veterans – Including Korea
VA started the Agent Orange Registry program in 1978 to respond to the health concerns of Vietnam Veterans. VA offers this evaluation to eligible Veterans free of charge. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA health care to get a registry evaluation.
What does a registry evaluation provide?
A free, specialized health evaluation that includes a medical and military service history, and may include a physical exam and other evaluation as needed Answers to questions about environmental exposures Information about VA health care and other benefits
Who is eligible for an Agent Orange registry evaluation?
Vietnam Veterans, Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) Veterans, Veterans from certain locations in Thailand, Veterans from other locations who were exposed during the spraying, testing, or transport of herbicides for military purposes
How do I get an appointment for a registry evaluation?
Talk to an Environmental Health Coordinator at any VA medical facility. Call 1-877-222- VETS (8387) to find the closest facility or visit www.va.gov/directory.
Source page info from: VA Health Care “Agent Orange Review” .pdf file. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/docs/agentorange/reviews/newsletter-winter2012.pdf