Veterans and Chronic Disease

Are you an honorably discharged Veteran or did you receive a General under Honorable Conditions discharge? Do you suffer from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's or any chronic disease?

If you were physically in Vietnam, “boots on ground”, anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, including brief visits ashore or service aboard a ship that operated on the inland waterways (brown water) of Vietnam or in the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 you may qualify for compensation benefits.

If you fall into either category listed above, you do not have to show that you were exposed to Agent Orange to be eligible for disability compensation for diabetes, Parkinson's and other diseases.

Even if you did not serve in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the specified time periods, you can still apply for disability compensation for diabetes, Parkinson's and other herbicide related diseases. You may have been exposed to an herbicide if you fall into any of these groups:

  • Veterans who served on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand during the Vietnam Era.
  • Veterans who served where herbicides were tested and stored outside of Vietnam.
  • Veterans who were crew members on C-123 planes flown after the Vietnam War.
  • Veterans associated with Department of Defense (DoD) projects to test, dispose of, or store herbicides in the U.S.

If you are in one of the above categories, you must prove that you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your military service to be eligible for service-connection.

Contact the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) for more information or if you would like help with filing a claim for benefits.

Address: 321 W. Main St., Ste. 390, Louisville, KY 40202

Phone Number: 502-595-4447

Website: www.veterans.ky.gov  for general information.

Residents of Jefferson, Henry, Trimble, Shelby, Bullitt, Spencer, Carroll or Oldham county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Barren, Hart, Adair, Allen, Clinton, Cumberland, Logan, Monroe, Russell, Simpson, Warren or Metcalfe county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Ballard, Carlisle, Livingston, Marshall or McCracken county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Hardin, Larue, Meade or Nelson County click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Breckinridge, Butler, Edmonson or Grayson county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Anderson, Casey, Green, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer, Taylor, Washington or Woodford county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd or Trigg county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Scott or Woodford county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan or Pike county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen or Pendleton county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine or Madison county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Bath, Bourbon, Estill, Fleming, Harrison, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Robertson, Rowan or Wolfe county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Crittenden, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union or Webster county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Bell, Clay, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, McCreary, Owsley, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne or Whitley county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

Residents of Calloway, Fulton, Graves or Hickman county click here to make an appontment with the VA.

Residents of Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher or Perry county click here to make an appointment with the VA.

The VA has projected the number of veterans living in KY by county here.