Vietnam-era Veterans Who Served in Thailand
by Adam Scholl, Producer/Director of Agent Orange: The Last Battle and author of No Sneakers at the Office
If you are a Vietnam-era Veteran who was stationed within specific areas in Thailand between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 you may have been exposed to agent orangeand therefore you may qualify for VA benefits. This decision by the VA to provide benefits to these Vietnam-era Veterans appears to have occurred due to the DoD report entitled “Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report: Base Defense in Thailand 1968-1972.” I have not been able to find the report to verify its contents but the VA has stated that the report provides evidence that there was “significant use of herbicides on the fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces.” Moreover, the VA has indicated the following areas and personnel that may have been exposed to agent orange in Thailand as follows:
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.
Please pass this information along to Vietnam Veterans.
 I use the term agent orange in this blog to refer to all herbicides that were sprayed during the Vietnam War.