The general public typically associates Agent Orange exposure with serving in Vietnam, but Veterans who served in other areas may have been exposed as well. The VA has a list of service locations that qualify for a presumptive service connection when a Veteran has been diagnosed with an Agent Orange-related illness.
Requirements for a Presumption of Exposure
The VA outlines several different scenarios that qualify for a presumption of exposure to Agent Orange. These scenarios focus on a Veteran’s date of service, assigned location, and/or specific duties. There is no minimum length of time a Veteran must have been exposed to Agent Orange to qualify for benefits.
If you served in one of the following locations between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, you qualify for a presumption of exposure:
- On regular perimeter duty of a U.S. Army installation in Thailand or a Royal Thai Air Force base in Udorn, Takhli, Korat, U-Tapao, Nakhon Phanom, Don Muang, or Ubon
- On a U.S. military vessel operating in the inland waterways of Vietnam
- On a vessel located no more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia
If you served in one or more of the following areas between September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971, you qualify for a presumption of exposure:
- In or near the Korean DMZ
- In a regular Air Force unit location where you had contact with a C-123 aircraft with traces of Agent Orange due to your flight, ground, or medical duties
- Any location where your duties included transporting, testing, storing, or other uses of Agent Orange
Finally, you may be eligible for a presumption of exposure if you were a reservist at one of these locations:
- Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base (Ohio) from 1969 to 1986
- Westover Air Force Base (Massachusetts) from 1972 to 1982
- Pittsburgh International Airport (Pennsylvania) from 1972 to 1982
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Agent Orange exposure has been linked to a number of serious illnesses, including bladder cancer, prostate cancer, respiratory cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, hypothyroidism, and Type 2 diabetes. Veterans benefits lawyer Sean Kendall and his team are committed to helping Veterans affected by Agent Orange access the benefits they need to provide for themselves and their families. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.