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Applying for Disability Compensation

Military Exposure

Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical, and environmental hazards during military service. VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a Veteran's qualifying military service. We call these "presumptive diseases." Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases.

Exposures by Wars and Operations

World War II
Sept. 1, 1939 – Sept. 2, 1945

Korean War
June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953

Vietnam War
Nov. 1, 1965 – April 30, 1975

Gulf War
Aug. 2, 1990 to present

Cold War Era
1945 – 1991

Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
Oct. 7, 2001 to present

Iraq War
Also called Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn
March 20, 2003 – Dec. 15, 2011

Exposure Categories

Exposure Topics A-Z

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Registry Exams

VA’s health registry evaluation is a free, voluntary medical assessment for Veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards during military service. The registry data helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively. The evaluations alert Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to exposure to specific environmental hazards during their military service.

Visit the VA's website for more information on the various registry exams that are offered.

Compensation And Pension (C&P) Exams

Watch this video for more information on C&P Exams.