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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 Health Registry Programs for Veterans brochure (495 KB, PDF) provides an overview of five VA health registry programs that track the health of Veterans exposed to environmental hazards during military service: Ionizing Radiation, Agent Orange, Gulf War, Depleted Uranium, and Toxic Embedded Fragments.

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