Is There a Test for Agent Orange Exposure?
As of 2018, there is no medical test for Agent Orange exposure. However, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a free health exam to qualifying veterans. Even though this test will not confirm exposure, it may alert you to the development of any health issues commonly associated with exposure to herbicides.
The Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
The Agent Orange Registry health exam is a medical evaluation offered to qualifying veterans for free by VA that can alert you to illnesses commonly associated with Agent Orange and other dangerous herbicides. It does not detect if you have been exposed but whether you may be developing a medical condition that could be linked to exposure during service.
Parties Eligible to Receive a Free Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
VA offers this exam for free to any veterans who served in one or more of the following capacities:
- In Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
- In or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between September 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.
- On a boat in the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
- On certain Air Force bases in Thailand between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- As perimeter security personnel on certain bases in Thailand between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- As a member of the military police (MP) on certain military bases in Thailand between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- In any location used for the testing, storage, or disposal of Agent Orange or other herbicides.
What Happens During an Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
Your medical evaluation may include the following:
- A physical exam.
- A discussion of your service history, including any suspected contact with Agent Orange or other herbicides.
- Your medical history, including major illnesses and surgeries.
- If necessary, medical tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or blood tests.
Medical Conditions VA Acknowledges as Associated with Agent Orange Exposure
Although no test can confirm that you were exposed to Agent Orange, VA presumes exposure if you served in several of the capacities listed above (i.e. service in Vietnam and the Korean DMZ during the specified timeframes)If you subsequently received a diagnosis of any of the following conditions, VA assumes it is connected to your in-service exposure to Agent Orange, making it easier for you to receive VA disability benefits:
- AL Amyloidosis
- Chronic B-cell leukemias
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Ischemic heart disease
- Multiple myelomas
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Porphyria cutanea tarda
- Prostate cancer
- Respiratory cancers
- Soft tissue sarcomas
The VA Disability Lawyers at CCK Can Help You Obtain VA Disability for Agent Orange Exposure — Call 800-544-9144 for a Free Consultation
If you were exposed to Agent Orange during your military service, the VA disability lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you receive service-connected compensation. For a free case evaluation with a member of our staff, call us today at 800-544-9144.
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