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Agent Orange, My HealtheVet and Online Help
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military used Agent Orange, a tactical herbicide used to reduce vegetation and tree cover in Vietnam. It was also used between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in the DMZ in Korea. Years later, some Veterans experience health effects potentially related to Agent Orange.
Effects of Agent Orange
VA recognizes certain health conditions (known as presumptive conditions) as associated with Agent Orange exposure, including Parkinson's disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and several forms of cancer.
The fourteen presumptive conditions are listed below:
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Chronic B-cell Leukemias
Ischemic Heart Disease
Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Soft Tissue Sarcomas
Note: some conditions such as chloracne and peripheral neuropathy (early onset) have to occur within certain time periods after possible Agent Orange exposure to be considered presumptive conditions.
Benefits for Children of Vietnam Veterans and Other Veterans
VA also recognizes spina bifida in Veterans' children as associated with Agent Orange exposure. In such cases, VA may provide health care, disability compensation, and other assistance for children of Vietnam Veterans who served during the Vietnam Era or children of Veterans who served in or near the Korean DMZ from April 1, 1968, to August 31, 1971.
In addition, VA provides benefits for children of women Vietnam Veterans born of certain birth defects.
Track Your Health
By becoming a registered user of My HealtheVet, those affected by Agent Orange have access to the Track Health tool. Veterans can better manage their conditions by keeping track of their blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and view lab or test results online. They can access and update their self-entered VA health records, then share this information with their health care team using the Blue Button report or a VA Health Summary.
Some of the tools available in Track Health are:
- Vitals (blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, etc)
- Food and Activity Journals
- Labs + Tests
- HealtheLiving Assessment
- Health History
Reach Out and Log In
If you or a family member suffers from Agent Orange sicknesses, VA assistance may be available. VA offers eligible Veterans a free Agent Orange Registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to exposure. You can also stay on top of your health by registering for a My HealtheVet account today and tracking your health care online.
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Updated February 12, 2018