Veterans and active duty servicemen can receive compensation for Agent Orange for the duration of their lives. Children and spouses can also receive compensation posthumously for a spouse or parent with exposure to Agent Orange, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any veteran who was in Vietnam between January 1962 and May 1975 is eligible for Agent Orange compensation, even if the stay included only brief shore visits. Any veteran who served in Korea between April 1968 and August 1971 is also eligible for Agent Orange benefits. Every veteran applying for Agent Orange compensation is subject to a medical screening and a military background check in order to receive compensation, explains the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.