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Applying for Veteran's 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

Cold War Era
1945 – 1991

Korean War
June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953

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

If you are a Blue Water Navy Veteran who's ship was ever within the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam, you may be eligible for compensation for diseases resulting from Agent Orange exposure. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Gulf War
Aug. 2, 1990 to present

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

Quickly find specific information by using this A to Z tool for exposure topics.

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 environmental health registry exams that are offered.

Compensation And Pension Exams

Watch this video for more information on Compensation and Pension Exams.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not a new problem, it is simply a more recent label for an age-old issue that has been in existence since stone-age warriors were beating each other with clubs. Around 1980, the American Psychiatric Association designated PTSD to describe a delayed-stress syndrome commonly experienced by combat veterans. This condition had previously been referred to as "shell-shock" and several other terms. Although it is often associated with Vietnam Veterans, it appears in Veterans of all wars and eras.

PTSD does not mean you're crazy.

PTSD is a set of symptoms that surface after a very dangerous, frightening and uncontrollable event.

  • Avoidance - amnesia, disassociation, numbing, hyper-vigilance, controlling behavior, isolation
  • Reliving - flashbacks, sleep disorders, overwhelming feelings, overreacting
  • Victimization - distrust, abandonment, helplessness, fear of change, blaming others
  • Shame - feeling guilty, feeling as if you're crazy, feeling unworthy

Counseling Options

If you recognize any of these symptoms, you may have PTSD. You are not alone and there is help. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD and need someone to speak with, Tennessee has several VetCenter locations available that boast licensed therapists who understand what you've been through and the symptoms you are now experiencing. There are also several options for Mental Health doctors if you are not sure you have it and need a definitive diagnosis.

PTSD is not all in your head. The evidence is mounting that PTSD, particularly chronic acute PTSD, significantly changes the electrical and chemical reactions of the body on a permanent basis. This can increase chances of heart attack, strokes, and other long-term health problems.