Camp Lejeune Vets 20% More Likely to Develop Cancer

A recently released study found that veterans and their families who stayed at Camp Lejeune between 1972 and 1985 are about 20% more likely than the average member of the population to develop numerous types of cancer. This study confirms what has already long been suspected: that people stationed at Camp Lejeune were harmed by exposure to carcinogenic toxins found in their groundwater. This study may help many veterans gain access to benefits who may have struggled before, even with legislation like the PACT Act now in place.

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SSA Updates Definition of “Public Assistance Household” for SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finalized a rule change that will expand the definition of a “public assistance household” for the purposes of obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This rule change will potentially increase the number of people who can access SSI, as well as increase the amount they receive in benefits. It also makes it easier for people to obtain disability benefits even if not everyone in their household would normally meet eligibility requirements.

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Soldiers Using Mortars Suffer From Undiagnosed TBIs

Soldiers who use mortars in the army have found they may be suffering from traumatic brain injuries (also known as TBIs), despite assurances to the contrary. However, the Army has denied that these injuries are occuring, resulting in their problems remaining undiagnosed. This, in turn, has put up barriers to soldiers getting the care they need to treat their ongoing neurological issues resulting from their military service.

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VA to Expand CHAMPVA Benefits for Family of Veterans

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that it is expanding access to its Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program. The expansion will allow family members of veterans, as well as primary family caregivers, to access expanded mental health benefits, contraceptive services, and audio-only telehealth. This will help the families of veterans to better care for themselves, which in turn will improve the lives of veterans with families.

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What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both major programs that people with disabilities rely upon across the United States. Despite both being administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA), however, there are significant differences between the two. But what exactly is the difference between SSI and SSDI, and why does it matter?

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What You Need to Know About Appealing a VA Disability Denial

If you are a veteran who has either applied for disability benefits through the VA, or you are looking to apply for benefits, you may be concerned about the risk of having your claim denied. Fortunately, there are a few factors that you can be aware of that increase the likelihood of success if you want to appeal a claim. Here is what you need to know about appealing a VA disability denial:

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Why Do Paperwork Errors Cause SSDI/SSI Rejections?

By far the most common reason that people have their applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied is due to paperwork errors. These often simple mistakes are easy to make, and often easy to correct, and yet they result in more denials than any other. But why are paperwork errors such a common problem, and what can you do to avoid them?

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Why Do Veterans Struggle to Get Benefits for Burn Pit Exposure?

It is estimated that around four million veterans are currently living with the effects of burn pit exposure, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In theory, most or all of these veterans are eligible for disability benefits through the VA, but many of them must fight hard to be able to access those benefits. So why do veterans struggle to get benefits for burn pit exposure?

What is Burn Pit Exposure?

In simple terms, burn pit exposure is when someone suffers from toxic side effects as a result of breathing in smoke from burn pits. These burn pits were commonly used by the military to dispose of various types of waste, some of which are unsafe for humans. People who suffer from this issue often struggle with negative health consequences years after their military service, with the effects often not showing up until long after they have retired.

How Do Veterans Get Exposed to Burn Pits?

Generally speaking, burn pit exposure occurs in veterans when they serve in the military, due to the smoke from the pits blowing downwind. Given how common these burn pits are, or were, it can become nearly unavoidable for someone to be exposed to the toxic chemicals disposed of by the pit. However, even people who have never served in the military in an official capacity may suffer negative health consequences as a result of being too close to burn pits.

What Are the Effects of Burn Pit Exposure?

Due to the sheer variety of substances involved in burn pit exposure, it is nearly impossible to list all the potential health effects. However, broadly speaking, many veterans suffering from this problem have been found to have a high incidence of otherwise rare medical conditions, such as certain types of cancer, as well as Parkinson’s disease. As a general rule, however, it requires a formal medical exam to determine if a specific condition may have been the result of exposure to toxic burn pits.

What Should You Do?

If you are a veteran who suffered from burn pit exposure, you should make sure to speak to a doctor as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. You should also speak to a lawyer with experience handling veterans disability claims. They can help guide you through the process of obtaining benefits and ensure you get the help you need for your condition.

The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. Call our office at (800) 395-7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.

SSA Warns People to Be Wary of Social Security Scams

On March 7, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it was celebrating its annual “Slam the Scam” day, warning people of the danger of Social Security scams. This day is meant to bring greater awareness of these types of scams to the general public to help them avoid being harmed by various types of fraud. Recipients of Social Security benefits should always remember to protect their personal information, and always be careful of advertisements or attempts at communication that do not come through official channels.

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Benefits For Women Veterans Up 26% in Five Years

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced a new record, delivering more benefits to women veterans than ever before. The amount of benefits delivered to female veterans increased by 26% over the course of five years. This dramatic increase in benefits is a sign of the VA’s continued efforts to reach out to women veterans to ensure they access the benefits they are rightly entitled to.

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