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During the Korean War, a ferocious conflict that lasted from July 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, more than 5.7 million American service members bravely served their country. Today, more than 2 million of these veterans are still with us — if they were affected by the following elements listed below, they may be eligible to receive care and even compensation (payments) to help combat the health risks associated.

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Health Risks Related to Service in Korean War

Extreme cold: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), skin cancer could stem from frostbite scars, and numbness may form in fingers and toes. A Korean War vet is at higher risk if they served in the Chosin Reservoir Campaign (from October through December 1950).

Occupational hazards: Like paints, chemicals, radiation and other hazardous elements you could have come in contact with

Noise: Artillery, explosives, jets and other aircraft as well as machinery could have caused hearing loss and/or tinnitus


For more information on all of these conditions or to find your local VA environmental health coordinator, go here.