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Agent Orange: Hodgkin's Disease

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VA presumes Veterans' Hodgkin’s disease (also called Hodgkin’s lymphoma) is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans exposed to herbicides do not have to prove a connection between their Hodgkin’s disease and military service to be eligible to receive VA benefits.

Learn more:

  • About Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Research on Hodgkin’s Disease and Herbicides Used in Vietnam
  • VA Benefits for Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Contact VA about Benefits

About Hodgkin’s Disease

Hodgkin’s disease is one of two common cancers of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The other, more common, cancer of the lymphatic system is called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Signs and Symptoms

  • May include fever, fatigue, night sweats, itching, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
  • Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in neck, armpits, and groin also may occur.

Visit Medline Plus* to learn more about treatment of Hodgkin’s disease, the latest research and more from the National Institutes of Health.

Research on Hodgkin’s Disease and Herbicides Used in Vietnam

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences concluded in its 1994 report on "Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam"*† and in future updates that there is sufficient evidence of a positive association between exposure to the herbicides used in Vietnam and the development of Hodgkin's disease. There were more data for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma than for Hodgkin’s disease in the studies that IOM reviewed, but IOM found that the findings were consistent for the two types of lymphoma.

View more research on health effects of Agent Orange.

VA Benefits for Hodgkin’s Disease

Veterans with Hodgkin’s disease who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits.

Veterans who served in Vietnam or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam, a free, comprehensive examination.

Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of Hodgkin's disease may be eligible for survivors' benefits.

Contact VA about Benefits

By Telephone

  • Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-749-8387 Press 3
  • Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: Call your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator
  • Health Care: 1-877-222-8387
  • Compensation and Other Non-Health Care Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
  • TDD (for hearing impaired): 1-800-829-4833

In Person

  • Health Care and Agent Orange Registry Health Exam: Go to your nearest VA health care facility.
  • Compensation Benefits and Other Non-Health Care Benefits: Go to your nearest VA benefits office.

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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at