VA offers health registry exams, health care, disability compensation and other benefits to eligible Veterans. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
Veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation during military service may be eligible for:
- Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam, a free exam for possible long-term health problems related to ionizing radiation exposure
- Health care, a full range of medical benefits. There are many ways a Veteran may qualify.
- Disability compensation, monthly payment for diseases associated with radiation exposure during military service.
Veterans also may be eligible for other VA programs and services, including education, home loans, and vocational rehabilitation. Read Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors to learn more.
Survivors and dependents' benefits
Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to radiation during military service and died as the result of diseases related to the exposure may be eligible for survivors' benefits.
Spouses and dependent children of living Veterans also may be eligible for health care and other VA benefits. Read Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors to learn more.
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
Veterans and others who develop certain diseases following their exposure to radiation released during atmospheric nuclear weapons tests may be eligible for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The Department of Justice oversees the RECA program. Learn more about RECA and how to file a claim.