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Three Ways to Get Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Compensation

Camp Lejeune settlement

For many survivors of Camp Lejeune water contamination, the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act brought about mixed emotions, some bitter, some sweet. Some veterans and family members exposed to cancer-causing toxins in the water at Lejeune have been waiting as long as 60 years for justice. This Camp Lejeune veteran writing on Reddit couldn't have said it any better: My entire family has incurable Lejeune Blood Cancer, including myself. The Act not only allows my family to sue, it also lowers the standard of proof, in these cases, to "Possible" that these toxic contaminants caused these cancers in question....

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PACT Act Unlocks Courts for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Survivors

Sergeant from Wounder Warrior Regiment training for Warrior Games

If you google "Camp Lejeune", you'll find a lot of articles on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination. That's an unfortunate reality. Camp Lejeune has a special place in U.S. military history. The North Carolina base trained Marines in amphibious operations who later deployed to the Pacific Islands to defeat Axis forces in World War II. Camp Lejeune-trained Marines have played an outsize role in every major war since, as well as humanitarian and peacekeeping missions around the world. But Camp Lejeune has a dark chapter in its history that has only recently come to light. What Happened at Camp Lejeune? Between the 1950s...

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Latest News on Agent Orange Compensation: PACT Act Edition

This article on Agent Orange Compensation is one in a series exploring the benefits created by the Honoring Our PACT Act, the biggest VA veterans benefits bill in U.S. history.The bill promises to:Add 23 presumptive medical conditions connected to exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan Extend the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to locations beyond Vietnam and her watersAllow Camp Lejeune survivors and family members to file lawsuits for damagesExpand healthcare eligibility and screening for toxic exposures for all veterans Not all Vietnam-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have enjoyed the same disability benefits. Those U.S. veterans who were...

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PACT Act Fast-Tracks Benefits for Burn Pit Related Illnesses

PACT Act fist pump

This article on Burn Pits is one in a series exploring the benefits created by the Honoring Our PACT Act, the biggest VA veterans benefits bill in U.S. history.The bill promises to:Add 23 presumptive medical conditions connected to exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan Extend the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to locations beyond Vietnam and her watersAllow Camp Lejeune survivors and family members to file lawsuits for damagesExpand healthcare eligibility and screening for toxic exposures for all veterans Relief is on the way for millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic smoke from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan....

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Sleep Apnea VA Rating Changes Are Coming. Learn How You Can Protect Your Benefits.

A house with a single light on at night demonstrating sleep apnea concept

Sleep apnea is one of the most common disabilities affecting veterans. It's also one of the most misunderstood. Some see it as a nuisance, others as a life-threatening condition. A soon-to-retire service member described his sleep apnea this way: "I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 2 years ago and I have to say that I love my CPAP, it is awesome to embrace the feeling of your skull being crushed while you attempt to sleep for four hours… if I’m lucky!" Even with the CPAP machine delivering some relief, this individual is not going to be anywhere near 100% at work the...

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5 Ways Scammers Target Veterans

The men and women who served our country with honor and distinction deserve a lot of things. Praise. Respect. Honor. Compassion for those who are dealing with disabilities connected to service. Here's what they don't deserve: attempts to take advantage of their military background to defraud them of their hard-earned benefits. But every day, scammers target veterans in attempts to poach their pensions, saddle them with bad financial products, and even steal their identities. A 2021 AARP study found that veterans are 40% more likely to lose money to scammers. That's double the percentage of non-veterans who fall prey to scammers. That...

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Agent Orange Exposure: A Must Read for Every Vietnam-Era Veteran

Stethoscope lies on the uniform of a Vietnam-era soldier.

Our full understanding of the health impacts of Agent Orange has expanded over the years. So, too, has the VA's official position on which diseases are caused by Agent Orange, and who is eligible for disability benefits. Yet 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War, some veterans are still waiting to get benefits for Agent Orange exposure. In 2021, three new conditions -- bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism -- were added to the Agent Orange presumptive benefits list. That increased the disability payments of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans. But hypertension and dementia, which researchers say are connected to Agent...

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How to Claim Sleep Apnea Secondary to PTSD

Veteran with sleep apnea secondary to PTSD

Have you even wondered if the sleep apnea that causes you to wake up feeling exhausted despite having had a full night's sleep could be connected to your PTSD? New research suggests there is a strong connection. A recent study found that 69% of Vietnam veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also had some form of sleep apnea. PTSD and sleep apnea would seem to go hand in hand. But does PTSD actually cause sleep apnea? This article examines the relationship between PTSD and sleep apnea in depth. We also cover how veterans with service-connected PTSD can get benefits for sleep...

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Can I Get Disability Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma?

Veteran talking with counselor about military sexual trauma

The short answer is: Yes. You are entitled to veterans disability benefits for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) if it caused you to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other health conditions that make it difficult for you to work and provide. If you experienced MST, know that you're not alone. Recent major investigative reports have brought to light just how prevalent sexual violence is in the military, and how it has historically been brushed under the rug by commanding officers or dismissed by VA medical professionals. Attaining VA benefits for MST may seem like an uphill battle, but the VA actually has...

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Why We’re Observing Two Minutes of Silence This Veterans Day

Remembrance quilt, Armistice Day

The tradition of observing two minutes of silence on Veterans Day has lapsed in recent years. We think it must be kept alive, not only to honor the fallen of the world wars, but for all wars. Perhaps you are old enough to remember a time when the tradition was more widely observed than it is now. Harry Binder, founder of The Rep Vets, a national veterans disability advocacy firm, remembers a time when “the whole country stopped at 11a.m." The reason? At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement...

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