Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange in Korea DMZ Will Have Easier Path to Benefits


WASHINGTON, DC–Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving along the demilitarized zone in Korea will have an easier path to access quality health care and benefits under a VA final regulation that will expand the dates when illnesses caused by herbicide exposure can be presumed to be related to Agent Orange.

Under the final regulation published this week in the Federal Register, VA will presume herbicide exposure for any veteran who served between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and DoD to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied.  

Previously, VA recognized that Agent Orange exposure could only be conceded to Veterans who served in certain units along the Korean DMZ between April 1968 and July 1969.  

In practical terms, eligible veterans who have specific illnesses VA presumes to be associated with herbicide exposure do not have to prove an association between their illness and their military service.  This “presumption” simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits and ensures that Veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

Click on these links to learn about Veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure at and birth defects in children of Vietnam-era Veterans at

VA encourages Veterans with covered service in Korea who have medical conditions that may be related to Agent Orange to submit their applications for access to VA health care and compensation as soon as possible so the agency can begin processing their claims.

Individuals can go to website to get a more complete understanding of how to file a claim for presumptive conditions related to herbicide exposure, as well as what evidence is needed by VA to make a decision about disability compensation or survivors benefits.

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  1. Thomas Lucken says:

    VA is avoiding recognizing vets especially after 1971 as being exposed to the Dioxins.. Took 40 years, but the government admitted to spraying along the DMZ. They also have admitted that the dioxins reside in the ground/soil for decades! But what they REFUSE to admit, that Troops were still exposed to the dioxins from 1972 to 1991 after the use. Now many DMZ vets from that time period are now ailing from A.O. So when are we going to take care all of our veterans?????

    • Edward Flores says:

      IAmen brother Thomas Lucken, when is our boat coming in ?! McDonald ok’d those Air Force boys Presumptive for AGENT Orange 20-40 years after Op Ranch Hand ! Weren’t those Planes Cleaned and Scrubbed down and parts and panels replaced?! 40 years!
      And they were found to be Highly TOXIC !!!
      WTH !!! and the DMZ was Never cleaned yet were denied ?!
      Crap ! Yet they’re Cleaning up Veit Nams Toxic sights 40years after the war !!!
      FUBAR !!!! (that’s Freanch)

    • Michael Curtis Boetjer says:

      I am currently fighting this battle…I have ischemic heart disease and serviced in DMZ Feb 1973 but have been fighting the VA for years now…even though the Aspin Report shows exposure 3-5 years on ground and up to 20 years in water…
      my email is [email protected] if you have any information that may help me please email me…
      mike boetjer

      • RJO'Guillory says:

        …frankly…as a retired US DoD Executive who worked for almost 25 years all over The US Empire… with over 20 years as a Federally Protected Whistle Blower…(very-low-level/AAFES) …who also has a son who is a Lieutenant in the NG, getting ready to deploy to Qatar …I wonder how you are not furious at our corrupt government? It is so strange to run into people who still think they were “fighting for freedom”…or… “protecting liberty at home”? I understand why you would have felt that at the time…or a sense of patriotic adventure that comes with youth. But to look back at all the betrayals and lies…from Pearl Harbor…through Vietnam…through 911….through the last 16 years of genocide. Isn’t it difficult to still believe you were there, killing people under fraudulent circumstances, yet told your were saving the world based on lies? Name a conflict… including WWW II where they have not lied to us to get involved in war? How furious should one be to know that they were sold a bill of goods that cost millions peace of mind over their life time… but also killed, maimed and crippled many based upon lies and malarkey. I’d be furious.
        RJ O’Guillory

    • Kevin Johnson says:

      I agree Tom, many of us suffer from the same symptoms and they act like we don’t matter. I suffer from a skin disease, perph neuropathy, and now prostate cancer. How many symptoms do we have to be diagnosed with before you admit to what’s happening to us.

  2. Thomas Lucken says:

    Here is a statement that came from another veteran’s appeal and he won in reference of Agent Orange/Dioxins in Korea. He was station there in 1977-78, well past the presumptive dates:

    “He further stated that although he served after the Agent Orange “presumptive” period, the December 1998 toxicology study of record demonstrates that the half-life of dioxins on the surface is nine to 15 years and the sub-surface is 25 to 100 years.”

    Also, tons of personal and unit equipment was covered with Agent Orange spray when used. They equipment was never cleaned properly as we all know and was passed on to others through the years!
    Besides the ground/soil, Agent Orange was soaked into the various structures when it was sprayed and never was cleaned properly. Many of these same structures were used well past the 1980’s.

    Well into the late 80s, vegetation was still bare along many parts of the DMZ that we patrolled, guarded, dug holes in for trash and bodily functions and for foxholes….

    The soil which was saturated with Agent Orange during the use of it; 68 to 71. Retains the Dioxins for years to come as noted in many toxicology reports. The same very soil that we laid in and did combat patrols and ambushes, the summer time it was just outright mud during the monsoon seasons. The same very soil when it rain, the rain ran off into the underground streams which fed water to our various camps up along and on the DMZ. The same water, we bathed in, cooked, drank, and so forth.

    In Vietnam, the US Government has worked with the Vietnamese government to clean up the areas that Agent Orange was used and store. We have not done that in Korea yet or even made any attempts known to the public sector!

    It took till 2011 to even admit that Agent Orange was used in Korea, 40 years prior. How much more is kept covered and hidden from the public?

    There are many veterans who suffer severely from Agent Orange Dioxins before and long after the presumptive dates of 68 to 71. Many don’t even know that it was used in Korea till just recently, just I found out personally about a year ago. And most Veterans are denied, just because they don’t simply fall within the presumptive dates for Korea!!!!

    The VA’s Agent Orange Registry is a big hoax! We as veterans assume they refuse to allow the Registry to be done on Veterans outside the 68 to 71 presumptive dates, because the truth will come out that many of us were exposed well into the 1980s and the early 1960s!!!! The Registry needs to be opened up, to show that there is an issue outside of the Presumptive Dates!!!!!!!!

    We did our duty, and now we are being punished for it! We are did out part and now we are asking the VA/Government to do their part!

    Thomas J. Lucken
    Korean DMZ Veteran

    • Wayne Roach says:

      I was stationed at Camp Kaiser from Sept. 66 until Nov. 67. There was no vegetation anywhere plus an odor that smelled somewhat like diesel only much worse. Being in transportation, I may have transported agent orange. I have ischemic heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure plus as I have just recently learned that offspring may be born with hip problems. My son was born with his hip out of socket. I have applied for benefits three times only to be rejected. I was told by a VA officer had I set one foot in Vietnam I would immediately receive benefits. Benefits should be same for all vets. Any advice I would appreciate.

      • Ruth Pressler says:

        My husband had all the above mentioned illnesses. We had a stillborn 10/25/71. He was treated at the VA Clinic until the oral meds were no longer available. He died 1/13/2013. Never knew that Agent Orange was a possibility until I took his death certificate to the County VA Office. My husband was a truck driver. He received an Article 15 at Camp Esseyons. He talked with our son about going from Camp Casey and Camp Stanley as well as hauling sand out of the Imjin River. They used something to kill the vegetation. I read other posts and they talk about buying AO on the black market.

        • Jen scales says:

          We are lookimg for anyone that served or may have gone to Camp Casey anytime during 1965-March 1967, and also saw AO being sprayed. My dad, Gerald Lehman served in the 7th admin co, 7th infantry division during this time, and was also in and out of the DMZ and at other bases delivering mail. He has already been turned down once, but we are attempting to re-open his case and trying to get buddy letters. Please feel free to creach bract me at anytime. As the spouse of a disabled veteran myself, I understand how frustrating this process is for all of us. But, these men served their time and deserve the benefits owed to them!!

          Thank you all for your service!!
          Jen Scales

          • SSG Huff says:

            I served in the 7 th inf. division at camp casey from jan 2 1967 to dec 12 1967 and we were all over korea and I have been turned down 3 times over this .V A needs to step up on this befor we all die

      • Shannon Sharp says:

        I believe my dad may have been stationed in Camp Kaiser in ‘69. Is that an area that was exposed to A.O.? He was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s with Levy body dementia. He has had many heart problems, diabetes and a host of other issues. Trying really hard to apply for benefits. He has been labeled as terminal and is in an ER right now waiting on placement somewhere. He is combative so none of the facilities will take him. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Reginald L Porter says:

      Very good story,I served in Korea in 77-78 and suffer right now with the same ailments. c btry 1st bn 44th AdA

    • Richard Morrow says:

      Thomas, you can read about me in the VFW Magazine. Just do a google search “Agent Orange Defoliated Korea’s DMZ, Richard Morrow, VFW Magazine “. I was there with 1/9 Infantry in 1974 and I saw them spraying. Anyways, I would like to know more about a photo I saw in a DMZ video that I think you produced. It shows a fire fight that the 1/9 was in. I think I was in that fight. Looks very familiar. If you can email me at [email protected] I can forward the photo to you so that you know which one I am speaking about. Look forward to your response.


    • George Dixon says:

      I served in Korea, Uijeongbu, Hocka Marie area from Nov 1976 to Nov 1977 at Camp Essayons 6th BATTALION 37th Field  ARTILLERY 1st PLT Headquarters Battery. We were always in the field two to three weeks at a time. I was a PLL clerk 76D10 and provide support for the motorpool and mechanics. My primary duties when on maneuvers was to provide perimeter guard for the Big GUNS  M110A1 self-propelled track. My only duties while in the field was perimeter guard lying around in the foliage that had been sprayed with agent orange. Unaware that the area had been sprayed with Agent Orange. The Katusa civilian was always spray that junk around the quason hut and all over the compound. I have all kind of medical issues. I went in the Military with no health issues. In 1981 the doctor diagnosed me with Hypertension hyperthyroidism (thyroid disease) and removed 20% of my right thyroid. Hypertension In 2007 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Now I have to take medicine (Levothyroxine) for the rest of my life. These are the rest of my aliments, sleep apnea, CKD, Vitamin D deficiency, testosterone deficiency, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, hernia surgery hypercholesterolemia, Pheochromocytoma tumor of the adrenal and had Adrenalectomy. The VA diagnosed me this tumor (Pheochromocytoma) on October 2, 1985 and allow it to stay in until 2006. Low blood count, feet peels. My low sex drive started right after I left Korea. My low blood count has been like this ever since I left Korea. I have always been unable to give blood due to the low blood count. I recalled after 3 months in Country while on maneuvers I lost all the hair off my legs and it never grew back. (Anosmia) Lost Sense of Smell

  3. Regina M. Turrentine says:

    This is ludicrous!!! I was stationed in Korea during 80-81, at Camp Hovey. The water that came through the shower facet was rusty and odorful. This was indeed a sad scenario, especially when we had to wash our hair. Right now today, I suffer from chronic headaches, inflammation of the eyes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cervical radiculopathy, Arthralgia pain in the joints and on top of that, have experienced having fibroid tumors on my cervix that caused me to have a spontaneous abortion (SAB), which I had no control of. I had difficulties with abdomen cramps constantly and uncontrollable bleeding during my cycle. Deep down, I know it had a lot to do with that poison that we were using to try and keep our bodies cleaned. Hopefully, one day the Veterans Administration will accept it responsibility and pay up. They know that those chemicals were soaked in the ground and some how penetrated the water system. It’s no difference than a mechanical shop that has dirt on the ground to absorb the oil that is spilled, and that same dirt continue to house that oil and the dirt becomes oily with residuals from the effects. Same thing with chemical being housed in the ground and builds a form of sod. But what do we know? We know our bodies, especially if it was normal before we came in contact with the posion. Only we can tell the story of how it has affected our lives first hand. I pray that one day, this nightmare will end.

    Disappointed Female Veteran

  4. Tom Dillman says:

    I was hospitalized at the 44th MASH after being heavily sprayed by dioxin herbicides North and East of Munsani, along the Korean DMZ in the year 1959. I developed multiple lesions on my body, the worst requiring several yards of medicated gauze to fill the surgical hole caused by the largest lesion.

    Most people are not aware that dioxins were invented in 1948 at the University of Chicago, to kill plants in irrigation ditches. They have been readily available to the Armed Services since then. They were commonly used in the DMZ area where I was stationed, AND I was an armed guard handling and protecting deliveries of barrels of herbicides along the American side of the Korean DMZ, the Turkish area next to us, and some ROK Army areas in South Korea.

    Most people either aren’t aware (or don’t want to be) that the dioxins are “fat soluble. That means they can enter the body’s fat tissues and remain there for decades. A simple thing like going on a diet years later can release the dioxins as if they were brand new.

    Type II Diabetes and insulin issues are just part of my long list of Agent Orange type health problems. I feel so sorry for all those wonderful Korean people we were there to protect. Clearly Regina (above)knows what I’m talking about.

    • Luther W Fisher says:

      Dear Sir,DAV found your information on the internet and I was in Korea March 1960 thru April 1961 and actually sprayed the agent orange from the tank on a trailer.I have came down with Thyroid,type 2 diabetes,Rheumatoid arthritis,and am now taking Radiation for none Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and also some some heart meds. I filed a claim for agent orange in 2013 and have been denied on the grounds of there ws no agent orange in Korea. If you could give me positive info on your info it would be very much appreciated.

      • Bill Beil says:

        I was with the 226th Signal Co. TDY from Camp Page . We set up a VFH communication on a mountain behind a Camp Kaiser in 1959 and I returned there as team chief in Jan. Thru March of 1960 . I also have breathing problems and use different steroid sprays due to basil scars in my lungs . I am getting meds from the VA only after my civilian Doctor diagnosed the problem . We were north of Camp Kaiser and only the DMZ was in front of us . I was in Korea 16 months 12/1958 thru 03/1960 with the 4th Missle Comand in the 226th Signal Co.

    • Raul Pickett for David Pineda says:

      I’m responding in behalf of my uncle, David Pineda who was stationed at Mickey Mouse Corner from 1958 thru 1959. During this period he regularly served as a guard to the captain. This frequently exposed him to the herbicides that were sprayed to defoliate the vegetation around the camp. As a result, he developed rashes and sores on his body, and lost most of his hair prior to being discharged. Currently, he has diabetes,, bladder cancer and has developed skin cancer. He attributes this to the exposure to hebicides. He is currently filing a claim but needs to developed his case, verfiying that herbicides were used in Korea during this period. Can you provide any furhter information.

    • JOHN YUNCKES says:

      I was stationed with the 1st Cav DMZ Police Co from Jan 1959 to Feb 1960. Our compound was on the side hill 219 (Texas Ridge) There were two patrolling platoons and a HHQ section. The company was disolved in Mar 1960. During the spring and summer months we would have details go out along the MDL and spray different types of chemicals to kill vegetation on the paths we patrolled on. Most men did not like the detail. Can’t understand why they say agent orange was only used in 1965

  5. Warren Hassler says:

    I spent 13 months in Korea. Six months of it was on the DMZ between Feb 1968 and Apr 1969. I spent a lot of time on GPs in the DMZ and along the barrier fence. I went on patrol in the DMZ. I slept in the dirt on the GPs. I now am being treated for prostate cancer and am a borderline type 2 diabetic. I have recently been placed on the A.O register. I did this near the end of Sept 2015. I got an appointment for a physical exam for Nov 19. I received a call on the 18th of Nov that that the Dr was not available to see me on the 19th. The next available time was Jan 14,2016.(3 1/2 months after registering?)Tomorrow (Nov 23)I am going to go to the VA and start the claim process. By the time I get to the physical exam my cancer treatment will be almost finished.

    • Warren Hassler says:

      Update on my condition. During my prostate cancer treatment I was diagnosed with diabetes type II and a squamous cell
      carcinoma and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation for that. I am on medication for the diabetes. My claim for compensation was granted for the prostate cancer ( 100%). They wanted to reduce it to 20%. I am currently waiting for a final decision on my appeal for compensation based on the squamous cell cancer and diabetes. I had the help of a nurse practitioner who had worked at the VA hospital in Kansas City.

  6. Bob says:

    On May 08, 2014 the VBA ruled in favor of a veteran claiming AO exposure while serving in the [Korea] DMZ from Oct 1975 to Feb 1980. Docket no: 12-01 202.

    Do decisions rendered by the VBA change how the VA decides future claims? Is the VA obligated to make changes to the CFR because of a decision made by a VBA judge?

    • Richard says:

      This is good information for those of us who served in Korea at or near the DMZ, or in units that have been identified as having served on the DMZ. I served from Oct 71 thru Jan 73 in the 1/23rd infantry. During this period I spent countless days in the field, and I served on the DMZ as a radio operator. I have long held that many of my medical issues are associated to agent orange. This va rating gives me some hope that I may now prove it.

      • Ralph Krause says:

        Richard- I found your write-up on AO interesting.
        But what interests me most is your big hopes on
        receiving compensation for medical issues.
        I too, served in Korea, 1972-1973, and while not
        on the DMZ line- still close enough for medical
        issues of my own. While being stationed at OSAN
        AB, Korea, I was handling hazardous materials.
        I just recently found information on exposure to
        AO in Korea, and am currently filing to be placed
        on the AO register. I hope I am in a space that
        will show compensation for my current and future
        medical difficulties.

  7. imjin scout says:

    1/9 inf here patrolled the DMZ frequently in very early 80’s lived, slept and ate a few hundred yards from there. When I rotated back to the states I had several lesions on my legs from the knees down. Sent to Balboa Naval Hospital where they conducted every blood test known to man on me. They said I had nothing wrong with me and it will probably just go away on it’s own. Fast forward present day I have lumps under my arms in my ltmph node system the VA suspects to be sarcoma. Can anyone direct me to any information that can help me relate my issues to the DMZ?

  8. William h frye says:

    I don’t believe any of it.I was drafted in 1971 and was an M P and did security in an Mesa area for nuclear weapons stored there and have been denied for over nine years and have all the presumptive illnesses. They are just waiting for all of us to die

    • Richard Morrow says:

      Bill, don’t give up. Keep fighting the VA. Go to the DAV and make another claim. “DAV-Disabled American Veterans”. If the VA denies you again appeal it. Reopen, reopen, reopen…appeal, appeal, appeal each time. Make your claim folder get so big that they have to wheel it on a dolly. I know what I’m talking about. I ended up 100% service-connected permenant and total disability and the VA had to pay me retroactive pay. Yes, they were hoping I would die first. Don’t let the VA have their way. Keep fighting those bonus sucking bastards!

  9. Thomas McCree says:

    I served in the 50323rd M.P.Detachment in Inchon, Korea. We made numerous truck and money escorts to the DMZ. They have denied my claim for exposure to Agent Orange. I was there 68 and until Mar 69. If you were there same time please let me know.

    • james ellis says:

      hey Thomas, I was there for 19 moths until Oct1969 as combat engineer. we were building air strips & helping the people on the Haun river to keep their villages from the erosion of the river. I now have benn diagnosed & am being treated for IH disease, RA disease, OA diease & have been turned down multiple times. I just believe that our govt is responsible but will no accept that even tho it is a presumptive case.I can prove my wearabouts with photosplus my station @ Camp Carroll in that timeline.

    • Richard Aubuchon (wife Carol) says:

      My husband Richard was a Sgt MP, and also made money escorts to the DMZ. He was stationed at Camp Casey. He passed away from Prostate Cancer October 29, 2015. We had been fighting for his disability since 2010, and appealed in 2013. I went on line and found another MP who wrote Richard a buddy letter and said that he knew Richard went into the DMZ, because he was the one who drove him. In April 2016, Richard’s case was in claims, and I was told that it would not have to be judged anymore, so I expected it to be paid to me. I had filed for it when my husband died. But I got a letter from the VA telling me that they did not have proof that Richard had been in the DMZ. I know they just didn’t want to give me the money, but I am not giving up. I know they do this to many spouses. The last letter I got from the VA said they want to know within a 2 month period of time, when Richard would have been in the DMZ. After 47 years, I hope I can find something that proves he was there more than once. I do have some pay vouchers that have hazard pay on them, so if anyone knows if that means he was sent into the DMZ, please email me.

      In my search for proof for Richard, I have read so many heartbreaking stories. I want to thank all of you who severed and are now being disrespected by the VA and government who put you in danger, and now because of a desire not to part with money, are making you fight this war of anxiety and pain. You deserve disability and your families deserve compensation for losing a healthy provider and loved one. Keep fighting.

      Richard was as Camp Casey from Oct 68 to Oct 70.

  10. Michael Carnell says:

    I served in Korea from 1977 – 1978 at Camp Howze HHC 3rd Brigade, 2nd Inf division. We had barrels of Agent Orange stored in our Generator shed in back of our motor pool where the Katusa’s would fill up pump sprayers and saturated the ground all around our base to create a perfect line of fire 1 – 200 yards out in every direction. Within a couple days of spraying those toxins everything as far as you could see was dead. I thought this is some serious stuff, i took photos of the barrels,and the kill zone. Fast forward, i now suffer from diabetes, have recently been looked after by the V.A for possible Parkinson’s and when i filed a claim, they denied that i even served there. This is with photos, documentation of the toxins uncovered at Camp Carrol, my dd214 to name a few.they denied everything. They want us all to die before anything will ever be done.How can anyone in charge of each individual case look at what i provided and act like it never happened.I am disgusted with the lack of support we veterans have been given outside the prescribed dates. This stuff will be leaking out into the ground water for decades to come. I feel bad for those people living in the villages who will pay the ultimate price along with the vets who served there. Korea is the next Love Canal

    • Lee McCaleb says:

      Mr. Carnell: thank you for your statement & account of what you have witnessed and the overwhelming evidence during your stay at Camp House. I was stationed at Camp Howze from 1981-1982 with one rotation on the DMZ. I like you have medical issues and have been denied compensation from the VA on agent orange medical clame. If possible can I get photos and a statement from you to help assist my claim. Thank you.

    • Kirk Joseph Wagner says:

      I was stationed at Camp Carroll in 1990 & 1991 I was a truck driver with the 69th Transportation battalion. I drove almost 40,000 miles in the 14 months while I was there and I have almost all of the issues many of you do and yet they still deny me my 100% service connected disability, but they did give me 20% for an unrelated injury and gave me 80% as a non-service connected disabilities thus giving me the pension if it was service-connected I would receive almost four times as much money and I just now got the hundred percent

  11. warren m. hairston says:

    i was stationed at camp Pellam dmv moon sung Korea traveled to JSA everyday over looking north korea every day i know chemicals was sprayed along the road for what i did know at that time i thought it was for mosquitos i have all the systems of disease related to agent orange 9/01/1980 8/01/1981

  12. Robert niemic says:

    I was stationed in Korea from 1965 thru 1966. They Did a lot of spraying if it wasn’t agent orange, what was it? Our hutches were warmed by some kind of fusal or desiel oil, we had to breath all of that. We had to walk up a hill to get water and go to the bathroom. The conditions there were awful. I have heart problems and vocal chord cancer. I also was denied benefits. can someone tell me what they sprayed? Such a shame we lived on those conditions. I was stationed by yanjacol village by cc1 where supplies was bought. Robert Niemic

  13. Linda Paulson says:

    I am looking for help for my husband. He is having epileptic seizures, and while searching the internet for help, I came across this website. He served in the military during Vietnam on the dmz zone in Korea. He was in water purification. This is now a large concern because I am reading how agent orange contaminated the ground and water at this site. He is having memory problems and this is making it hard for me to get info out of him, he is often confused. He has bouts of anger and hostility. He is sometimes impossible to deal with. He does not like being around crowds because he is paranoid most of the time, and now is becoming angry and paranoid around family. Our pastor visits him regularly and has great concerns. Jim is only 65 years old, this seems cruel. Where do we go for help. Is there help for agent orange victims?

  14. Mike Klabunde says:

    I served in Korea from 1977 – 1978 at Camp Howze. Two weeks out of the month I went to the DMZ guard post Collier. I have had two heart attacks, 1st one was October 2015 and had a stent put in. The 2nd heart attack was January 2017, had a triple by-pass. I am 59 years old. I believe this is from being exposed to Agent Orange. Can anyone help me with any information on applying for VA compensation?

  15. Mark Johnson says:

    Where have I been? I just heard about Korean exposure to AO yesterday.

    I served 2nd Div, 122nd Signal, Co C for 16 months in 75 and 76. I also did an extended tour up on Hill 754.

    The comments above verified my concern about long-term contamination of ground and water to camps down stream from the DMZ (which Camp Casey was) that did little more than chlorinate their water.

    Additionally, I learned that Hill 754 had 55 gallon drums of the stuff and used it frequently to keep approaches clear of vegetation.

    I dismissed my experiences when first digging into this because they were nephropathy or cancers. But today I learned that the painful facial (and arm) lesions I have been fighting unsuccessfully for many years could be one of these side affects (chloracne) and explain why several MDs and dermatologists have failed to treat it successfully.

    Ugh. I don’t even know where to start.

  16. PFC William Williams says:

    Served in Korea from 1983-1984 did tour on DMZ had Health issues and Release with Medical Hardship Discharge . Trying to get evaluated by VA now. Diabetes , skin rashes, respiratory issues. Just need to know what’s going on with me now. Civilian doctors unsure. Understand Agent orange was everywhere I’m 54 now and I guess things are surfacing now.

  17. Deborah Gerst says:

    My husband Gary Gerst served at Camp Page from 1974 -1976. He died of Pancreatic Cancer at 51. Came back from Korea in 1976 and during the time I was pregnant with my son, he was diagnosed Border line diabetic at Ft. Riley Kansas. Nothing ever came of that but he died at 51 in 2001. I remember Dr. Russell Postier saying that PC was the type of cancer caused by cigerettes. We went with that knowing he was a smoker. But the chemicals found at Page were some that were found in cigerettes. How strange.

    • Rick says:

      I was there in 1969-70. camp page is the most contaminated base in Korea. I have 2 heart attacks,prostate cancer, and diebieties. Been fighting for 5 yrs for disability. Don’t quit.

  18. Tom Stull says:

    Camp Edwards in the late Eighties and 1990. We had a truck with a big tank circle the interior and exterior of our camp releasing a huge fog of “insecticide”. Our barracks was so infested with cockroaches that we had to go on an exercise (Field Problem) for 2 weeks so it could be fumigated with insecticide. The barracks smelled like chemicals the rest of the time I was there, about 8 months. We would go to the field and live in old muddy, or dusty, rice paddies. Sometimes we would see Korean locals spraying the rice paddies and they were smart enough to wear masks. Leg pain and a host of other medical problems started when I was there. My symptoms just keep getting worse.

  19. Larry Smith says:

    I toured from 1968-1970 at Camp Casey and Camp Hoovy. I toured the DMZ 6 months. on Oct 18 1969 a 1-1/4 jeep was ambushed killing four of our guy’s. C Co.1/32nd inf div.
    I have had rashes and bumps on my head and arms for years.
    My daughter is even worst off. My son just has bumps on his head. Both are in their 40’s.
    I have collapsed bronchial tubes and asthma. But still have had no luck with VA. I get treated at the VA Hospital for medical. All is well except can not make a claim.

  20. Alberto Martinez says:

    I served in South Korea from Feb. 1982 – Feb. 1983 at Camp Howze. I did my duty on the DMZ and have suffered from skin rashes and other skin-related problems for years. However, the VA keeps saying that it is only psoriasis, but I have my doubts. I am the only family member with skin problems (out of ten members), and I was the only one to serve in the military. Coincidence? Now, I am also getting small bumps on my head.
    I received my sergeant stripes while at Camp Howze, and my DMZ duty spanned the desertion by a US soldier to North Korea and a US Staff Sergeant being shot by members of his own patrol(used to validate my service on the DMZ).
    The pills and lotions given to me by the VA definitely do not work on my condition.

  21. Fredric Hamilton says:

    Help – can anyone tell me if the Army sprayed Agent Orange in the swamps at Ft. Benning Ga in 1966 ?

    I was there for over two months out in these swamps — every thing was kill – trees and all grasses etc. I’ve had some major health problems I think is caused by Agent orange.


  22. Ruth Pressler says:

    I as the widow of a former US Army Soldier and extremely proud of all the efforts made by these servicemen. It was a time in our lives when 18 year olds were drafted. They went and served our great Nation, putting their lives on hold. The money they received was a laugh by the standards of today. Now, our own government denies the claims for illnesses contracted in the service of our country. What is wrong with this?

  23. David MacPherson says:

    I served in 51st Sig. (Uijombu) from Dec. 1965 to Aug. 1968. Been fighting prostate cancer for years. Son born with numerous birth defects (heart and stomach). Anxiety issues. We did our field exercises for 2 weeks at a time to support the infantry at their southern borders. Any other vets out there from the 51st experiencing medical issues?

  24. James Finkle says:

    Served with Service Battery 6/37th FA at Camp Essayons. Frequent trips to the DMZ. Also served as a Reconassiance Sergeant (Enlisted Forward Observer) with units on the DMZ at GP Oulette. Have had Prostate Cancer, Diabetes and other presumptive illnesses associated with Agent Orange. I also witnessed Korean Service Corps spraying herbicide along our perimeters, under the barbed wire and in drainage ditches. One claim denied, resubmitting.

  25. Philip Manna says:

    Why is it so easy to approve everyone but the people that were in Korea and have the same symptoms .we served our country the same way they did it is discrace and a spit in our face to all the veterans who fought for our country. We have to take care of our veterans who made this the country what it is. We aren’t looking for a handout only just a fair shake the way the rest of our brothers and sisters . Please reconsider what we are going through.phil 1969-1970

  26. Ruben Sanchez says:

    I was in Korea, from 5/1/68 to 5/31/69, assigned to Headquarters I Corps at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu.

    I worked as a Clerk Typist in the G-3 section, assigned to the 54th Chemical Detachment and unit driver as ordered.

    The 54th Chemical Detachment was assigned responsibility by Eighth U.S. Army and United Nations Command for supervision of defoliation operations along the southern limit of the Korean DMZ. This area was controlled by the 7th and 2nd Divisions of the U.S. Army, where defoliation operations were taking place using a host of chemical herbicides including Agent Orange.

    In pursuing pursuing a disability claim based on exposure to Agent Orange, I came across a 3/19/12 youtube by Tammy Leitner, CBS 5 Investigates (Phoenix, AZ), titled “Toxic Secrets”. The link below will take you to this youtube video.

    This is dated so you may have already seen it. Take a look:

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