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Vietnam War Exposures

Vietnam War (Nov. 1, 1965-April 30, 1975)

Vietnam Veterans may have been exposed to a variety of environmental and chemical hazards that carried potential health risks. VA offers eligible Veterans a free Agent Orange Registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to herbicide exposure.

Helicopter spraying herbicidesAgent Orange or
Other Herbicides

Herbicides used to destroy foliage and crops

Vietnam VetHepatitis C
Vietnam-era Veterans are at risk for hepatitis C. Talk to your provider about getting tested.

Liver Fluke Infection
Reserchers are exploring a possible but unproven link between Veterans who ate raw fish and a rare bile duct cancer.

Servicemen are covering their ears to shield them from the noise of a blastNoise
Harmful sounds from guns, equipment, and machinery that is often experienced during service

Man wearing workplace safety gearOccupational Hazards
Exposures from working with chemicals, paints, and machinery during service