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Disability Compensation - Radiation Exposure
Veterans Affairs
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  • 15 New Sudbury Street
  • Boston, MA 02203
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For Veterans who participated in "radiation risk activities" as defined in VA regulations while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, the following conditions are presumed to be service-connected: all forms of leukemia (except for chronic lymphocytic Ieukemia); cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary gland, urinary tract (renal peMs, ureter, urinary bladder and urethra), brain, bone, lung, colon, and ovary; bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma; multiple myeloma; lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease), and primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated).

To determine service connection for other conditions or exposures not eligible for presumptive service connection, VA considers factors such as the amount of radiation exposure, duration of exposure, elapsed time between exposure and onset of the disease, gender and family history, age at time of exposure, the extent to which a non service-related exposure could contribute to disease, and the relative sensitivity of exposed tissue.

How to Apply

  • You may apply for disability compensation online.

    After the VA receives your application, the VA will send you a letter that explains what is needed in order to help grant your claim. The VA will help you get records to support your claim, including records of radiation exposure during military service and radiation dose information.