Veterans' military records contain records of radiation exposure or accounts describing duty-related exposure.
Veterans and their survivors do not need to contact the Department of Defense (DoD) to confirm radiation exposure activity before applying for VA compensation benefits. VA will request this information from DoD when a Veteran or a Veteran's survivor applies for disability compensation or survivors' benefits for health problems associated with the exposure.
VA asks DoD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to confirm Atomic Veterans participation in U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests from 1945 to 1962, and the occupation forces of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, through a program called the Nuclear Test Personnel Review. VA also asks DTRA to provide the actual or estimated radiation dose received by a Veteran when necessary.