Agent Orange: Herbicide Exposure in US Thailand Bases 1961-1975

Report on Defense Tactics in Thailand

A recently declassified Department of Defense (DoD) Report written in 1973 titled, “Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report: Base Defense in Thailand 1968-1972,” contains evidence that there was a significant use of herbicides on the fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces.

VA determined that herbicides used on the Thailand base perimeters may have been tactical and procured from Vietnam, or a strong, commercial type resembling tactical herbicides.

Agent Orange: Thailand Military Bases

Vietnam-era Veterans whose service involved duty on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 may have been exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits.

The following Veterans may have been exposed to herbicides:

  • U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
  • U.S. Army Veterans who provided perimeter security on RTAF bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
  • U.S. Army Veterans who were stationed on some small Army installations in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. However, the Army Veteran must have been a member of a military police (MP) unit or was assigned an MP military
    occupational specialty whose duty placed him/her
    at or near the base perimeter
    .

To receive benefits for diseases associated with herbicide exposure, these Veterans must show on a factual basis that they were exposed to herbicides during their service as shown by evidence of daily work duties, performance evaluation reports, or other credible evidence.

VA Benefits

Veterans

Eligible Veterans may receive the following VA benefits:

  • Agent Orange registry health exam: A free, comprehensive examination. Veterans who may have been exposed to herbicides during a military operation or as a result of testing, transporting, or spraying herbicides for military purposes may be eligible.
  • Health care benefits: A full range of medical benefits. There are many ways a Veteran may qualify.
  • Disability compensation benefits: A monthly payment for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Veterans who believe they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides outside of Vietnam must show on a factual basis that they were exposed in order to receive disability compensation for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
  • Other benefits: Home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education, and more

Children and Survivors

Surviving spouses, children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides and died as the result of diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure may be eligible for benefits. These benefits include Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, education, home loan and health care benefits. Find out if you qualify for survivors’ benefits.

Need Help Determining Exposure or Eligibility?

Contact VA for help determining Agent Orange exposure and your eligibility for VA benefits.

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8 responses to “Agent Orange: Herbicide Exposure in US Thailand Bases 1961-1975

  1. MY HUSBAND SERVED IN UDORN, THILAND 1967 – 1968, THE BASE WAS SPRAYED OFTEN TO KILL VEGETATION HE ALSO WAS ON GUARD DUTY AT TIMES. wOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS THERE DURING THAT TIME. HE DIED IN 1999 OF 2 TYPES OF CANCER, BOTH HAVE BEEN LISTED AS FROM AGENT ORANGE. ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICATED. HIS NAME WAS DAVID R. MEADOR AND HE WAS IN THE AIR FORCE.
    THANK YOU,

    TONI KAY MEADOR
    300 ORCHARD AVE.
    HARRISVILLE,WV 26362
    304 -643-2755

    • Toni,was your late husband receiving any compensation for his service connected conditions? If so you should contact a DAV Service Officer in your area and ask about filing a claim for widows and survivor benefits from the VA. I hope this will be of some help. Also take a look at http://www.vqlan.org I’m a life member who received help and information when it came to me filing my claim.

      Westley Thomas USMC / Vietnam Veteran 1966-1968

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  3. My husband was exposed to AO on Udorn Thailand and died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma …his name is David Kulikowski and he was in the USAF stationed on Udorn from 1/73 to 1/74 …..He just turned 51 when he died …leaving me a 39 year old widow. I have been battling the VA for 9 years since his death in April 2004 ….I need buddy statements from anyone who may have served with him…he was an Egress Mechanic. Any help would be greatly appreciated …

    • Dear Mrs. Kulikowski, you should contact your nearest DAV and get a service officer to help you if you have not done so and supply them with what you have been experiencing with the VA. Ask the representative how to apply for widow and survivor benefits. I hope this will be helpful to you. I was helped with my claim through http://www.vqlan.org and now I am a life member. Westley Thomas USMC / Vietnam Veteran 1966-1967

  4. Was at udorn from sept 66 to sept 67. Worked crash recovery. We were stationed in the middle of the flight line with all of our equipment. 50 ton crane and 12 ton. No grass grew here at all. Remember the food poisoning in mess hall for thanksgiving dinner 1966

  5. Was at Ubon 72, F4 crew chief FA tails, Had no idea what herbacides were. I recall the golden tone of the perimiter grounds. This was also present around the revetment walls. One of my F4s was at corner of the walls so we would step around the wall for smoke breaks. I remember pulling at a weed and commenting to another crew chief, “What did they spray this with? JP4?”
    Currently I have Diabeties II and just had a triple bypass. Didn’t think about herbacides untill another vet told me that AO was used at my base. Turned down for comp, working on NOD.

  6. Would like to hear from anyone stationed at NKP Thailand 1970 71 72, Glad to share any info on AO Claim, # 1 Please do not claim AO exposure, Govt will not recognize it. Claim exposure to dangerous Herbicides and pesticides, GOD Bless all of us neglected vets.

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