Military Exposures

Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical, and environmental hazards during military service.  Click on the links below to find out more information on these exposures.

Agent Orange

Military herbicide using during the Vietnam era; related diseases.

Blue Water Veterans and Agent Orange
Recognizes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as related to service in Vietnam or the waters offshore of Vietnam during the Vietnam Era.

Burn Pits

Potential exposure to toxins from burn pits, health related problems.

OEF/OIF/OND Exposures
Exposures during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn; possible health problems.

Radiation
Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure; possible health problems.

Malaria
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease.  Veterans stationed in Asia and Africa should know the symptoms and go immediately to their health care provider if they suspect they have symptoms.

Fuels (Petroleum, Oils, Lubricants)
Potential hazards such as diesel and JP-8 used to operate vehicles in military.

Project 112/Project Shad
Military tests in the 1960s and early 1970s with biological and chemical warfare materials; possible health problems.

Camp Lejeune Water Supplies
Drinking water systems contaminated with industrial chemicals (1950s – 1980s).

Noise, Vibration & other Physical Exposures
How these exposures may result in illness or injury.

Mustard Gas
Exposure during World War I, World War II, and military tests in the 1940s.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
Potential exposures during Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn; related illnesses.

Rabies
Iraq or Afghanistan Veterans recently bitten or exposed to saliva from animals; get checked.

Depleted Uranium
Used in nuclear reactors, tanks, bullets; potential health problems.

Toxic Embedded Fragments
Shrapnel and other metals that remain in the body after injury.

Occupational & Environmental Exposures
Potential exposure to asbestos, CARC paint, chromium, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and industrial solvents.

Edgewood/Aberdeen Experiments
Classified medical studies to test protection from biological/chemical warfare (1955-1975).

Cold Injuries and Heat Injuries
Possible health problems from extremely cold and hot temperatures.

Vaccinations & Medications during Service
Possible health effects of certain military vaccinations and medications.