Vietnam veterans may be eligible for a number of benefits, including pension, health care, education and training, insurance, home loans, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange may also qualify for disability compensation for disabilities caused by the exposure.
During the Vietnam War, the United States implemented a herbicide program using Agent Orange to remove vegetation that provided cover for enemy combatants. Many veterans have suffered many harmful health effects from exposure to Agent Orange. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs presumes Vietnam and Korea veterans have been exposed to Agent Orange, so such veterans are not required to show factual evidence of exposure.
The harm is not limited to veterans directly exposed to the substance. Some children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange have suffered from a range of birth defects and may be entitled to VA benefits that include monetary benefits, health care and vocational rehabilitation services.
Survivors' benefits may also be available to surviving spouses, dependent parents and dependent children of veterans who died as a result of their exposure to Agent Orange. These benefits include compensation, health care, education and home loan benefits.
Vietnam veterans can apply for benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs webpage, with a VA representative or agent, or in person at a VA office.