Veterans and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune are about 70% more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease compared to the general population, according to a recent study. This study attributes the high rate of the disease among victims of Camp Lejeune to potential exposure to trichloroethylene, a chemical commonly used in certain industrial processes. This means that veterans who suffer from Parkinson’s may be able to seek disability benefits as a result of their condition.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that more than 500,000 veterans and survivors have filed claims under the PACT Act. This law, which was signed into law in August 2022, was intended to help veterans suffering from illnesses related to toxic exposure. It has also helped more than three million veterans get screenings for toxic exposure, helping them to learn if they may need to file for benefits.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Health (NIH) have announced they will be conducting a five-year long study into the condition known as Gulf War Illness, or Gulf War Syndrome, as it is commonly known. This study is meant to look into the varied symptoms of the illness, which affects nearly a third of the 700,000 people who served during the Gulf War. The goal is to uncover the cause of the disease, and develop treatments for those who have suffered with disabilities related to Gulf War Syndrome.
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It is estimated that nearly five million veterans, or about 27% of all veterans, have some kind of disability related to their military service, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, there are a substantial number of veterans who may be eligible for compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) who do not currently receive them. So how do you know if you are eligible for veterans disability compensation?
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Most people who apply for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) do so within a year of being discharged from the service. However, some people may not apply for disability benefits until years afterwards, with some people only seeking benefits decades later. But why might someone want to apply for benefits so long after their military service ended?
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If you receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), you have already been assigned a disability rating. What not everyone knows is that you can seek to have your rating increased after it gets assigned, even potentially years or decades after you are first awarded benefits. But how can you increase your disability rating, and what do you need to do?
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it will award $16 million in grants to adaptive sports programs to assist disabled veterans around the country. These grants are intended to help more than 13,000 veterans participate in programs that will allow them to improve their lives and help manage their disabilities. This same program aided 108 organizations throughout all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, in 2022.
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No population in America is at higher risk of suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than veterans. This psychological disorder causes countless problems for those who suffer from it, and veterans in particular can struggle against its effects due to difficulties seeking and obtaining treatment. But what exactly is PTSD, and why are veterans at such high risk of getting it?
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As of January 17, 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has begun offering emergency services for veterans suffering from suicidal thoughts. Any suicidal veterans will be able to go to any healthcare facility, whether in the VA network or not, and seek emergency care. This measure will potentially do a great deal to help veterans struggling with mental health issues who are in need of emergency psychological care.
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When you try to apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), you need to demonstrate that you are qualified to obtain those benefits under the law. This means you need to have the right evidence available to prove your claim. But what kinds of evidence will you need in order to get your claim approved and obtain VA disability benefits?
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