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How to Get Maximum VA Compensation for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Pier, Onslow Bay, Camp Lejeune, November 1963 | Photo credit: USMC Archives   We’ve written a lot about toxic exposure on this blog, from the burn pits that were used to dispose of waste in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Agent Orange in Vietnam. But not all veterans who got sick from toxic exposure were deployed to an overseas conflict zone. Right here at home, as many as one million military and civilian staff and their families could have been exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. What Happened at Camp Lejeune? Camp Lejeune has an illustrious history. During...

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Jon Stewart Teams Up with Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits in Fight for Benefits

Jon Stewart Poses for Photo with Servicemember

Image credit: Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Public Affairs, CC license Jon Stewart is once again throwing his celebrity behind a campaign to pressure lawmakers to expand disability benefits, this time on behalf of veterans who operated near burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan and later developed serious illnesses. You don’t have to agree with everything he says to recognize the comedian’s gift for getting to the heart of an issue in blunt terms. Last September, speaking at a press conference where lawmakers announced a bill that would fast-track benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits,...

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Everything Veterans Need to Know About Gulf War Syndrome

What Is Gulf War Syndrome? Gulf War Syndrome is a widely used term for a chronic multi-symptom illness that affects many veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. Soldiers deployed to the Persian Gulf were exposed to a staggering variety of toxic chemicals, infectious diseases and combat stressors. Thirty years on, nearly 1 in 3 of these veterans suffer from a host of debilitating symptoms, from chronic fatigue to cognitive impairments. You can’t get a diagnosis of Gulf War syndrome, because doctors can’t say with certainty what causes it from a medical standpoint, and symptoms vary widely from one veteran to the next....

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How to Get Help with Disability Benefits for Schizophrenia

A veteran with schizophrenia enjoying a moment of serenity

Are you a veteran suffering from schizophrenia? As a veteran you are entitled to disability benefits that can help you cope with your symptoms, and you don't have to go through the VA claims process alone. This article will help you determine if you’re eligible for benefits, what you need to do to make your case to the VA, and how you can get help with your claim. Do I Qualify for Schizophrenia Disability Benefits? The first thing you need is a professional diagnosis of schizophrenia. You must also prove that you are unable to work despite medications. Finally, you need to...

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Am I Eligible for the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Class Action?

Do you suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus? Did you serve in the armed forces between the years 2003 and 2015? Defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs could be the culprit, and you could be entitled to compensation, thanks to a large class action lawsuit set to go to trial early next year. Hearing loss and tinnitus can be distressing, and have serious negative impacts on your quality of life. The good news is that thousands of veterans may be entitled to receive compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus caused by defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs, which were manufactured and sold by...

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Should I Hire an Attorney or Agent to Get Veterans Disability Benefits?

The fight for disability compensation can be as tough and grueling as anything on the battlefield. Not only is the VA disability claims process complex, it can be long and error-prone. Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) have stepped in to shoulder some of the bureaucratic burden placed on veterans seeking disability compensation, but a typical VSO like Disabled American Veterans handles tens of thousands of claims a year. The level of personal attention a VA disability attorney or agent can devote to your claim might be reason alone to hire one. Experienced attorneys and VA-certified claims agents also help dig up evidence...

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New Law Would Expand Agent Orange Presumptive List, Extending Benefits to Vietnam Veterans

Update: With the passage of the 2021 National Defense Reauthorization Act, Congress approved adding the three new medical conditions discussed below to the Agent Orange presumptive list, bypassing the VA. Thousands of Vietnam veterans who have suffered from bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hypertension, and Parkinson’s-like symptoms related to Agent Orange exposure could soon be fast-tracked for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, thanks to a new law. The Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act of 2020, passed by an overwhelming majority in the Senate in late July, acknowledged the large body of scientific evidence suggesting that these diseases are associated with Agent...

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How Can I Get a 100% VA Disability Rating for PTSD?

With Mental Illness Awareness Week upon us and World Mental Health Day coming up on October 10, we thought we'd shed some light on PTSD and the VA disability benefits system. First known as “shell shock” or “operational fatigue”, our society has come a long way in understanding the full impact of what is now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental health condition affecting the lives of millions of veterans. The 1983 National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, the first long-term study of its kind, found that some 30% of Vietnam veterans had symptoms of PTSD within eight years of the...

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Am I Eligible for Service-Connected Disability Compensation?

VA-Accredited Claims Agents Helping You Understand Your Eligibility Many people wonder whether or not they may be eligible for veterans disability benefits. You don't have to wonder anymore. Our VA-accredited claims agents can help you understand whether or not you may be eligible for service-connected disability compensation. At The Rep For Vets, our claims agents serve veterans nationwide and are dedicated to helping military veterans get the benefits they deserve. If you have questions about your benefits, complete the online contact form for a free consultation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has two disability programs: Service-Connected Disability Compensation and Non-Service-connected Disability Pension....

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VA Resumes In-Person C&P Exams In Most of the Country

Update: As of October 2, 2020, in-person C&P exams are now available for scheduling throughout the country, but not all service areas are authorized to schedule exams that may require the removal of personal protective equipment (PPE). If your condition requires that you remove your mask or other PPE during the examination, enter your zip code in the interactive map here to see if it's permitted in your service area. Need help navigating these changes? Not sure what to expect at your C&P exam? Don't hesitate to contact an attorney or VA-certified claims agents at the Rep for Vets today for...

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