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Advocates Push to Expand PACT Act Benefits, Add Blood Cancers to Burn Pit Presumptive Conditions List

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Veterans' advocates are pushing to have several blood cancers linked to burn pit exposure added to the list of burn pit presumptive conditions created by the PACT Act. The move would make some Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans eligible for expedited disability benefits and healthcare, and would mark the first expansion of the PACT Act for burn pit-related diseases since the law went into effect in 2022. For veterans afflicted with these blood cancers, presumptive status and the benefits that flow from it can’t come fast enough. Military.com reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has committed to a thorough...

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A VA Tech Issue Caused 57,000 Disability Claims to Vanish. What Happened?

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Last month, tens of thousands of veterans received surprise letters from the VA informing them that a disability claim they made at some unspecified point in the past was not processed. The letter read in part, “The Department of Veterans Affairs is sending this letter in response to an issue identified which may have resulted in a failure to establish a claim based on your past submission through…VA.gov.” The vague wording of the letter left many veterans to speculate on what claim the letter referenced, if they had done something wrong, and, most importantly, how much disability compensation they might have missed...

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From Battle Scars to Benefits: Understanding the Top 11 VA Disability Claims

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In 2022, the federal government paid out over $120 billion in VA disability claims to almost 6 million veterans, according to the latest VA Benefits Report.  Now, that benefits report on is one long and wordy beast, but don't worry. We've combed through it, and today we’re breaking down the 11 most common disabilities for which veterans may claim VA benefits. They include things like tinnitus (ringing in the ears), knee and ankle limitations, hearing loss, PTSD, migraines, lumbosacral or cervical strain, paralysis of the sciatic nerve, scars that impair your ability to work, and diabetes mellitus. If you've got any of...

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How to Spot Predatory Claims Agents and Protect Your Disability Benefits

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When it comes to tackling the adventure of filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans have a number of options. If you have a knack for deciphering fine print and embarking on epic quests to track down paperwork scattered across various military and medical offices, you can file it yourself.  If that’s not your forte and you prefer a companion on this journey, you can call upon a registered Veterans Service Organization (VSO) for assistance. They’ll do it for free, but you might end up waiting a long time, and you may not get the personalized attention...

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New Study Finds Alarming Cancer Rates Among Air Force Veterans. What’s Being Done About It?

An alarming new Department of Defense study revealed that Air Force service members and veterans have higher cancer rates than their peers in other branches of the military. Of the over 900,000 service members who were surveyed between 1992 to 2017, aircrew service members had much higher cancer rates over the same 24 year period. The study found elevated cancer rates for air crews and ground crews alike. Pilots faced an 87% higher rate of melanoma, a type of skin cancer; a 39% higher rate of thyroid cancer; and a 24% higher rate of all types of cancer. Ground crews faced a...

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Everything You Need To Know About How The VA Determines Your Burn Pit Disability Rating

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Not too long ago, veterans seeking disability benefits for burn pit exposure had a hard time getting their claims approved. From 2007 to 2020, the VA denied 78% of disability claims by veterans who claimed that burn pit exposure was the cause of their illnesses.1 Some veterans didn't even get a chance to apply for disability benefits, their illnesses progressed so rapidly. According to Burn Pits 360, Frederick Slape (SFC, Army) was 42 years old when he retired in August 2012 after 20 years of military service. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer due to exposure to burn pits during...

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PACT Act Fast-Tracks Benefits for Burn Pit Related Illnesses

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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 waters Allow Camp Lejeune survivors and family members to file lawsuits for damages Add 3 new qualifying radiation-risk activities for veterans exposed to radiation Expand healthcare eligibility and screening for toxic exposures for all veterans   Relief is on the way for millions of veterans who were exposed...

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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 waters Allow Camp Lejeune survivors and family members to file lawsuits for damages Add 3 new qualifying radiation-risk activities for veterans exposed to radiation Expand healthcare eligibility and screening for toxic exposures for all veterans   Not all Vietnam-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have...

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PACT Act Unlocks Courts for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Survivors

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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