Agent Orange and Gulf War Helpline

Resources for benefits for veterans affected by exposure to Agent Orange.

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About the program

The 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. The VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as associated with exposure to Agent Orange. The VA has a toll-free helpline for Vietnam Veterans to answer their questions about Agent Orange exposure, healthcare, and benefits.

This toll-free number connects callers with a special Persian Gulf War helpline to inform those Veterans about medical care and benefits available to them for this conflict.


Who is eligible

Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation (a monthly monetary allowance) for injuries or diseases related to active military service. The VA calls these disabilities "service-related" or "service-connected."

Vietnam Veterans with chronic b-cell leukemias, Parkinson’s disease, or ischemic heart disease may apply for disability compensation for these diseases using VA’s Fast Track Claims Processing System.

How to apply

You may apply for disability compensation online.

After VA receives your application, it will send you a letter that explains what evidence we need in order to grant your claim. The VA will help you get records to support your claim, including records of Vietnam service or exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Learn more about the disability claims process.

For more information, contact:

Agent Orange and Gulf War Helpline (800) 749-8387 and visit these websites: 


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