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Patient Education on Radiation Exposure

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Benefits for health effects of radiation exposure

Veterans who were exposed to radiation during service may be eligible for a variety of benefits, including an Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

Learn more about benefits related to radiation exposure.

Educational materials

Ionizing Radiation Review newsletters inform Veterans and their families about health risks of ionizing radiation exposure in service and VA’s programs to respond to these risks.

The Are YOU An Atomic Veteran? brochure (1.2 MB, PDF) gives an overview of benefits for Veterans who participated in nuclear weapons testing and the American occupation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Environmental Exposures Programs and Services for Veterans brochure (447 KB, PDF) provides an overview of programs and services available for Veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards during their military service, including Agent Orange, Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits, Depleted Uranium, Gulf War, Ionizing Radiation, and Toxic Embedded Fragments.

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