Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure – New Report Nov. 15

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release the final in a series of congressionally mandated biennial reviews of the evidence of health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War.  The new report evaluates the strength of evidence for three health outcomes: hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance -- a precursor to the cancer multiple myeloma. 

The committee that carried out the study and wrote this report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018), reviewed scientific literature published between Sept. 30, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2017.  The report also addresses three additional health outcomes: possible generational health effects that may be the result of herbicide exposure among male Vietnam veterans, myeloproliferative neoplasms (diseases of the blood cells and bone marrow), and glioblastoma multiforme.

Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Wednesday, Nov. 14.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 15.  Committee members will present the report’s findings and recommendations and answer questions during a release event beginning at 11 a.m. EST on Nov. 15 in Room 400 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Seating is limited.  For those who cannot attend in person, attendance via Zoom will be available.

To request a copy of the report or to attend the public briefing in person or remotely, please contact the Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail