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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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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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.

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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1.3 Million Veterans Seek Disability Benefits For Toxic Exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has reported that approximately 1.5 million veterans have sought disability benefits due to medical conditions related to toxic exposure. These applications came after the passage of the PACT Act, which was created to assist veterans with getting benefits for disabilities related to toxic exposure they may have experienced during their service. It is a positive sign that the VA’s outreach efforts have been effective, but there is still more work to be done.

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Veterans See 3.2% Increase in Disability Benefits in 2024

The amount of benefits that veterans will receive in 2024 has gone up by 3.2% compared to 2023. This increase in benefits is lower than previous years, due to changes in the Cost of Living Adjustment (or COLA for short). This increase in benefits is meant to help veterans continue to pay their bills despite increases in essential goods and services like groceries and rent.

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VALife Brought Life Insurance to 31,000+ Veterans in 2023

The new life insurance program issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), known as VALife, has brought life insurance to more than 31,000 veterans since it began in January 2023. Thanks to this program, veterans (particularly veterans with disabilities) now have easier and better access to life insurance benefits. This can help veterans cover the expenses related to end-of-life care, as well as funeral costs.

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Five Million Veterans Screened For Toxic Exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) announced it has screened five million veterans for potential toxic exposure during their military service. This process is the first step to assessing if a veteran may be suffering from medical conditions related to dangerous chemicals they may have come into contact with during their service. Those found to have been exposed during these screenings, and who suffer from certain medical conditions, may be eligible for disability benefits.

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VA Lost 120,000 Online Disability Claims

According to a recent article in the Military Times, more than 120,000 online disability claims were lost by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA). While the department has worked quickly to try to fix the issue, tens of thousands of applications still remain in limbo.  Although this is a relatively small number of applications compared to the whole, VA leadership has said that it remains unacceptable, and some critics are worried about the scope of the problem.

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Five Things Veterans Need to Know About Psychological Disabilities

When people discuss disabled veterans, often the focus tends to stay on physical disabilities, which are more obvious and pronounced. However, the psychological impact of military service can be just as disabling as any physical injury, leaving veterans struggling to hold down a job or care for their basic needs. Here are five things veterans need to know about psychological disabilities:

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