More Korean War Vets Can Make Agent Orange Claims


The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded the pool of Korean War vets who can make claims related to exposure to Agent Orange. This toxic defoliant has been linked to more than a dozen serious, often fatal health problems, including various types of cancer.

Korean vets do not have to prove Agent Orange exposure

Until now, only those Korean War vets who served in certain units along the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) between April 1968 and July 1969 could make claims regarding Agent Orange exposure. The new ruling, which was published in the Federal Register, extends the net of health coverage to those who served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971 “in a unit determined by VA and the Department of Defense to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied.”

According to the Department of VA, Agent Orange is the name assigned to a combination of herbicides used by the US military sprayed from 1961 to 1971 in Vietnam to eliminate foliage that provided cover for the enemy. It was called “Agent Orange” because the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored had an orange stripe.


Agent Orange contained minute traces of a substance known as TCDD or dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin), which causes various illnesses in laboratory animals. Other herbicides were also used during the war, including Agent Blue and Agent White, but Agent Orange was the toxin most widely applied.

The VA estimates that 2.6 million US military personnel were exposed to Agent Orange. Among the diseases for which veterans can make claims regarding exposure to the toxin are acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy, chronic B-cell leukemias, chloracne, type 2 diabetes, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers (e.g., larynx, lung, trachea, bronchus), ischemic heart disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, and some forms of soft tissue sarcoma.

The VA noted that Korean War vets do not have to prove their medical condition happened during their time in Korea. By presuming their conditions are associated with Agent Orange, the application process is accelerated and makes sure the vets have access to the health benefits they need and deserve.

The VA is asking that Korean War vets who meet the new guidelines submit claims for conditions presumed to be associated with Agent Orange exposure as soon as possible.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Federal Register

Updated 5/30/2014


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Does this apply to veterans who served in Korea during the Korean War (1951-1953) ? Our Veteran attended chemical school in Japan while serving in the 8th Army during this time.
My suggestion is to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs with your question. Good luck to you.
My dad was there to and was told he had gorlins disease it's supposed to be gentile but know one had it in his family before then and had to do with skin cancer and joint deterioration and now I have it and I am getting treatment for it just because it was aggrevated by radiation from nuclear sub but haven't been able to get benefits from dad getting it in Vietnam and Korea
I served in the U.S .Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War from 1950/1952. I was active in biological warfare research at Camp Detrick, Md. I was involved the development of the precursor to what later became known as Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. During this time I participated in the field testing of the agent via use of a B-17 aircraft modified to spray herbicide in North Korea rice fields. While I was involved in this program, I experienced frequent accidental exposure to the herbide. I now suffer from peripheral neuropathy and I also have Waldenstrom's MGUS. Is there any recourse for me?
Marcus: Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear you are suffering with these conditions. I do not know the answer to your question, but I will suggest 2 things: Contact the VA and press your case, and hook up with Agent Orange support groups--simply search for them online. You can learn much from others who share your situation or a similar one and perhaps learn how to find some help. Good luck to you.
Was the herbicide actually sprayed in Korea in 1952 while the 24th Infantry Division was there?
Where is this info provided, my husband's DD214 only shows his co , but I don'nt know where they were in Korea, he says he was all over Korea. He is deceased.
What chemical was used during korea war, and what kind of kerosene use to heat huth, housing for troops for heating libing quarters,
Hi Did you ever get any comments to your question on statement quizzing 1952 So. Korean use of herbicides ? I would like to know if it can be a known fact ____ !! ?? An answer to the question is really important to me & others also . I thank you very much , Hank Pool
My dad served in the Korean war, I am 59 years old and am wondering why I have so many different types of cancer's that have broken out in my body... and strange tumors which had to be removed and lymph nodes removed white blood cell problems he told me they experimented on them.. but he would not tell me how. He is now dead, I wondered was it agent orange ?????
Are you still alive and kicking? If so please reply. I am helping a widow of a Korean Veteran trying to get her widows benefits. Your input would be very valuable. Thank you for your service to our great country. Have a great day and I look forward to your response. Thanks, Ron
I was in Korea in the 1st Marine Air Wing at Headquarters in PoHang or K-3 during the last part of the Korean war I was there the about 9 Months and then transferred to Japan. I now have empfasema could this be the cause.
I served in Korea about a year after the cut off date. I have diabetes and had prostate cancer. I have been denied because it was after the cut off date. I have read many articles stating that the toxins stay in the ground for many years after the initial spraying. I was on the top of a hill close to the DMZ in communications but we used the water from the river to cook with and take showers in. My question is shouldn't they extend the date for the exposure to cover more years since the toxins stay in the ground for so long.
I also served on the DMZ on a hill top doing surveillance. Since then I've had health issues, while on the hill we would go down the backside of the hill to a spring to bathe in the running water. With telling this to my attending physician she said we unknowingly were bathing in AO because it remains in the soil for many years. But I was told I don't fit the time period. The timeliness was Dec. 72 Dec. 73 ifxask for test of AO and was again refused because of time line.
Why are so many veterans who served on the DMZ after the current BOGUS presumptive dates are suffering from A.O. related diseases and yet the VA continues to deny there is an issue???? I guess they are hoping we die off before admitting to it!!! But that is normal to deny anything happened on the DMZ from 54 to 91!!!!! But yet 1243 Americans died in that time along with 2500 plus ROKs, defending the border!!! VA's and in general the Government's attitude is: DENY, DENY, DENY, and screw those veterans who served on the DMZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve, I saw your post that you were in Korea after the cut off . I am wondering if that would be In the time frame including Oct 72-Nov 73. Also if you were at Camp Casey or Camp Edward? My husband served there during that time and traveled through the tunnel 7 times. He also had severe diabetes and prostrate cancer. It caused such stress on his body that I lost him several months ago. He had filed for VA assistance but had not proved his case. I would very much like to know if you served with him.
My husband served at Camp Casey 1972-1973 and developed Type 2 Diabetes, Prostrate Cancer, Ischemic Heart Disease, Vascular Disease and ultimately died one year ago. He too was denied for wrong timing. It seems this is common. I hope they reevaluate the dates so that you are able to get help.
It seems like the dates should be extended given that AO stays in the soil for many years. Such an effort will likely be an uphill battle, but perhaps one worth pursuing as I imagine there are many military personnel who were exposed to contaminated water and soil.
Look at Times beach article that proves it
I was station at Camp Hovey in 78-79 and spent several weeks at the DMZ and went on several patrols at night north of the DMZ if you know what I mean. I was in The 2nd infantry I have lump that are tested often for cancer and have been tested for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I'm afraid that I might be getting Parkinson’s disease do to uncontrol shanking
My husband has Parkinson's with dementia in bad shape he was at camp red cloud near the DMZ in Korea 1974 he was denied because the cleaned the agent orange up in 1971.
Father became ill after getting out off the army. It started slowly attacking his nervous system and later wheelchair bound for the rest of his life My mother travel to VA hospital for answers. She wash is care taker and the care taker of 7 children. Our life sucked due to my father always ill. My mom trying to get by financially. My younger sister before me was conceived when he started to get sick. I WA born a year before not knowing if he WA ill than but could be possible. My father died when I was 7years old. My mother died never knowing the answer. My sisters and I want answers. Thanks
does anyone know the company that made the OA
Monsanto was the company
I believe it was made mainly by Monsanto and Dow Chemical for the US Department of Defense
Thank you
You are welcome. Good luck to you. Let us know what happens.
I was in Korea from April 1967 to May 1968 and assigned to the DR from October 1967 to January 23 1968, I patrolled inside the DAY and was assigned to lookout Hendrix inside the DMZ. We walked the DMZ line which is 2 pieces of barbwire, one about 18" off the ground and the other about 36" off the ground, I have pictures of myself walking the line.