Applying for Disability Compensation
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
June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953
Nov. 1, 1965 – April 30, 1975
Aug. 2, 1990 to present
Cold War Era
1945 – 1991
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
Oct. 7, 2001 to present
Also called Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn
March 20, 2003 – Dec. 15, 2011
Exposure Topics A-Z
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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.