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Become familiar with Agent Orange and the Health of Our Vietnam Veterans

Agent Orange Overview.   Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict.  Shortly following their military service in Vietnam, some veterans reported a variety of health problems and concerns which some of them attributed to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides.  The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive program to respond to these medical problems and concerns.  The principal elements of this program include quality healthcare services, disability compensation for veterans with service-connected illnesses, scientific research and outreach and education. 

Agent Orange Poster - May 2004

IOM Identifies Link with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Principi Extends Benefits

Agent Orange General Information Brochure - July 2003

Agent Orange Information Bulletin 10-49 - March 2004 (Espanol)

Veterans Benefits for those exposed to Agent Orange 

Agent Orange Handbook 1302.1 - October 5, 2004

Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) Agent Orange


(We would encourage any veteran with in-country Vietnam service and diagnosed diabetes mellitus to contact his or her local VA office for information and assistance on applying for benefits. Or you may apply on-line)

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Reviewed/Updated: April 15, 2005