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Provider Resources on Radiation Exposure

VA offers a range of health services, educational materials for Veteran patients and research studies that examine health effects of radiation exposure during military service.

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  • Diagnosis and treatment of health effects
    VA developed Veterans and Radiation, a Veterans Health Initiative independent study guide, to provide clinicians an overview of issues facing Veteran patients who may have been exposed to ionizing radiation or non-ionizing radiation during military service.
  • Benefits for health effects of radiation exposure
    Veterans who were exposed to radiation during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including an Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Their survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
  • Educational materials
    VA publishes the Ionizing Radiation Review newsletters and brochures providing information to Veterans and their families concerned about the health risks of exposure to ionizing radiation in military service. View publications on radiation exposure.
  • Research on health effects of radiation exposure
    VA is conducting a new study, "Cancer Mortality among Military Participants at U.S. Nuclear Weapons Tests," to assess the risk of cancer among 120,000 Cold War-era Veterans who participated in U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958.