VA to Expedite Benefits for Asthma, Respiratory Issues!
On Thursday, VA Secretary Denis McDonough announced that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs will start the process of adding chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma to a list of presumptive illnesses that are directly linked to time in the service.
These conditions will part of a list that the Department is creating and linking to burn pit exposure and other air-quality issues that have been widely reported and experienced by Veterans who proudly served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and any other locations since the Persian Gulf War.
“We are moving out smartly in initiating action to consider these and other potential new presumptions, grounded in science and in keeping with my authority as secretary of VA,” McDonough said.
First Steps Forward
The creation of rules is a quite important and crucial first step in ensuring that Veterans who’ve been sadly affected have now able to have a much easier time receiving approval for conditions. McDonough pointed out that the list will initially include the following types of conditions:
“This is just the beginning of our efforts to help vets suffering from toxic exposure,” McDonough said.
Congress, the House, and New Legislation
Recently, Congress announced that they’re considering a massive health care package to aid Veterans who are suffering from illnesses that were unfortunately caused by direct exposure to pollutants. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committees are working with the House to contextualize legislation that would work to provide health care and disability compensation for any who’ve been sickened by the toxic fumes let off by burn pits, as well as any other environmentally-based toxins.
The VA has estimated that nearly 4 million Veterans were exposed to burn pits, which were used to dispose of waste and plenty of other toxic materials inside of combat zones. Historically, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs maintained its stance on science being unclear in regards to any links between cancer and breathing in burn pit fumes.
It seems as if McDonough is poised to rewrite history, and finally help those in need.
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