It seems that members of the Armed Services from a number of countries who served in the Korean War, roughly in the time frame of 1950 to 1954, have been authorized by their governments to receive monetary compensation for disabilities including certain types of cancer.
We had never heard of American veterans of the Korean War receiving VA compensation for these diseases, so we followed that thread further. Because some of our own investigation was related to Agent Orange issues in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada, we were able to acquire data specific to the Canadian veteran of the Korean War.
Based on the Cancer Incidence Study 2003: Australian Veterans of the Korean War, published in December 2003, it appears that both the Australian government and the Canadian government have adopted the list of cancers suffered by veterans of the Korean War that are out of proportion to the general populace. That study also appears here in slightly different format. As stated regarding Canadian veteran compensation:
"Since Sept. 10, 2004, VAC has acknowledged that the Korea Veterans Cancer Study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Australia and released in December 2003, contains important findings with respect to cancer. The study found that Korea war Veterans experienced a significantly higher incidence of certain types of cancer. They include:
As a result, VAC now considers the findings of the Australian study important in the adjudication of disability pensions and awards to Veterans who served in Korea from July 5, 1950 to the end of 1955."
- Head and neck, inside of mouth, but not skin cancers, eye cancer or brain cancer
Our focus is on Agent Orange, but the cause of these cancers for the Korean War vets doesn't seem to be exactly specified in the Study. References are made to DDT and "other insecticides," but that is very inconclusive.
The explanation of the Canadian government's basis for paying compensation to Korean War veterans is here.
The Korea Veterans Widow Advocate Association has more details here.
We contacted several individuals involved with various Korean War Veterans Associations in the U.S., asking if they were aware of this situation where other nations' soldiers were receiving compensation, but US Korean veterans weren't. In all cases, this information was unknown to them.
In an effort to further understand the validity of the statement that "other nations' veterans of the Korean War are receiving compensation for several cancers, but Korean War veterans of the United States are not," we have posted this page to see what information it might produce.
Of the many countries who participated in the Korean War, how many of them have government compensation for cancer disabilities from their time of service 1950 - 1954?
There were 21 nations under the UN in Korea, with four of them carrying out non-combative support duties. Here’s a complete list:
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