Approximately how many veterans receive benefits for issues related to Agent Orange?


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The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded benefits and compensation to over 650,000 U.S. veterans with Agent Orange-related disabilities between 2002 and 2015. The total number of U.S. veterans who receive compensation is unknown, as the Department of Veterans Affairs only began recording data in 2002.

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As many as 2.4 million U.S. personnel had some exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam, though it is unknown how many soldiers became ill as the result of exposure. Veterans who were stationed at bases where the military tested or stored Agent Orange are also entitled to benefits. In June 2015, the VA expanded the benefits criteria to include the estimated 2,100 personnel who served as flight, medical and maintenance crew on the aircraft used to spray Agent Orange.

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