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Agent Orange: Parkinson's Disease

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VA presumes Veterans' Parkinson’s disease is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. VA's final regulation* recognizing this association took effect on October 30, 2010. Veterans exposed to herbicides do not have to prove a connection between their Parkinson’s disease and military service to be eligible to receive VA benefits.

Learn more:

  • About Parkinson’s Disease
  • Research on Parkinson’s Disease and Herbicides Used in Vietnam
  • VA Benefits for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Contact VA about Benefits

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Slowness of movement
  • Impaired balance and coordination

Visit MedlinePlus* to learn about treatment, the latest medical research, and more from the National Institutes of Health.

Research on Parkinson's Disease and Herbicides Used in Vietnam

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy concluded in its report “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008”*† released July 24, 2009, that there is “suggestive but limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of developing Parkinson’s disease.”





View more research on health effects of Agent Orange.

VA Benefits for Parkinson's Disease

Veterans

Veterans with Parkinson’s disease who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits.

Vietnam Veterans may apply for disability compensation for Parkinson’s disease using VA’s Fast Track Claims Processing System.

Veterans who served in Vietnam or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam, a free, comprehensive examination.

Survivors

Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of Parkinson's disease may be eligible for survivors' benefits.

Contact VA about Benefits

By Telephone

  • Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-749-8387 Press 3
  • Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: Call your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator
  • Health Care: 1-877-222-8387
  • Compensation and Other Non-Health Care Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
  • TDD (for hearing impaired): 1-800-829-4833

In Person

  • Health Care and Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: Go to your nearest VA health care facility.
  • Compensation Benefits and Other Non-Health Care Benefits: Go to your nearest VA benefits office.
 

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Did you know?

The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at www.archives.gov