Ionizing Radiation Registry Evaluation - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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Ionizing Radiation Registry Evaluation

Special Environmental Health Registry Evaluation Programs for Veterans

VA maintains several health registry evaluation programs to track the health of Veterans exposed to environmental hazards during military service.

What environmental exposures do the evaluation programs cover?

  • Ionizing Radiation.  Ionizing radiation exposure comes from a variety of sources, including nuclear weapons testing or other activities during military service.
  • Agent Orange.  Agent Orange is a mixture of herbicides used in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971 to remove leaves from trees that provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam conflict. The name Agent Orange comes from the identifying stripe around the 55-gallon drum where it was stored.
  • Gulf War.  Gulf War-related exposures include a variety of potentially harmful substances: pesticides; pyridostigmine bromide (anti-nerve agent); infectious diseases; chemical and biological warfare agents; vaccinations (including anthrax and botulinum toxoid); oil well fires, smoke, and petroleum; depleted uranium.
  • Depleted Uranium (DU).  DU is a byproduct of the uranium enrichment process to make nuclear fuel that was first used by the United States military in projectiles and armor for tanks during the Gulf War. It is a possible chemical hazard primarily internalized through shrapnel, contaminated wounds, or inhalation.
  • Toxic Embedded Fragment.  An embedded fragment (also called ‘shrapnel’) is a piece of metal or other material, such as plastic, that stays in the body after exposure to a blast or other similar traumatic incident. The word “toxic” means that these fragments are made from potentially harmful materials.

Who do I contact?

VA San Diego Healthcare System has an Environmental Health Coordinator who can assist you or answer your questions.

Dale Willoughby
Environmental Health Coordinator
(858) 642-3995

Four easy steps to apply for Agent Orange Registry Health Exam* in San Diego:

  • Enrolled/Registered:  Veterans already enrolled for health care at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, please skip to step 2.  If you are not enrolled with the VA San Diego Healthcare System, you need to register at the medical center or any of our clinics.  For more information, call our Health Benefits & Enrollment office at (858) 552-7523. 
  • Call the Environmental Health Coordinator at (858) 642-3995 to set up a screening appointment.
  • Screening appointment:  At the screening appointment, the Environmental Health Coordinator will ask questions to determine your possible exposure to Agent Orange.   You will also complete a 10-9009 form.  If you are determined to have possible exposure, you will be scheduled for a physical exam with a VA physician.
  • Physical Exam:  The physical exam appointment will include a physical exam and some laboratory tests.  After this appointment, you will be scheduled for a follow up appointment where you will discuss the findings with the physician.

Agent Orange Registry:  You will receive a letter explaining the findings and notifying you that you have been entered into the Agent Orange Registry.

* (Please note: this is not for a Compensation & Pension claim.  To file a benefits claim, please contact the Veterans Benefits Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000.)

For more information on Agent Orange, please visit:

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-642-3995

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.