Eligible Exposure Locations for Agent Orange

Connecting your service record to your disability

The United States military used Agent Orange for less than 15 years, but its legacy of death and disease continues. If you believe that Agent Orange exposure caused your medical condition or your child’s birth defect, you may be eligible for benefits. However, you must prove some connection between your service and U.S. Agent Orange usage. If the VA denied your claim because you failed to meet this requirement, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban may be able to help. Our accredited VA attorneys have vast experience managing appeals of Agent Orange claims. We can help you assemble the evidence necessary to validate your claim.

Time and place parameters for Agent Orange eligibility

Depending on when and where you served, your Agent Orange exposure may be presumed or you may have to present supporting evidence that exposure was possible. For Agent Orange claims, the VA operates under the following parameters:

  • In Vietnam or its inland waterways — If a veteran served here between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and developed an Agent Orange-related disease, the VA will presume that Agent Orange exposure caused the illness.
  • Off the shore of Vietnam — Even if they have diseases which the VA recognizes as related to Agent Orange exposure, Blue Water vets, who served between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and did not set foot on Vietnamese soil, must show on a factual basis for believing they were exposed during military service.
  • Korea Demilitarized Zone — Veterans who served in Korea during the Vietnam era, between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971, are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange if they develop an Agent Orange-related disease.
  • Thailand military bases — From February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975, the military used Agent Orange to clear foliage from the perimeters of bases. Agent Orange exposure is presumed to be the cause of recognized diseases in veterans whose service coincided with this practice.

Cases can also be made for veterans who were stationed at military bases where herbicide tests were conducted and dioxins were stored, and for crew members who flew C-123 planes after the Vietnam War.

If you’ve been denied Agent Orange eligibility for yourself or your affected children, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is prepared to manage your appeal and fight for your rights.

Contact our attorneys to discuss your Agent Orange eligibility

Filing for benefits due to Agent Orange exposure may seem straightforward, but many eligible veterans have faced unreasonable denials. If you’ve been denied, we can help you assemble the compelling evidence you need to prevail on your appeal. Call Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban today at 866-866-VETS or contact us online. We charge no upfront costs, and you pay no attorney's fees unless we win your claim for benefits.