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The VA cites many categories of disease as having direct connections to military service. In many situations, the connection itself is so well established that veterans are presumed to be dealt this hand due to their time in the service, making it simple to have a benefits claim that ends up being successful. However, there are still veterans who are certainly eligible who’ll have difficulty and end up with denials and insufficient results.
What Diseases and Conditions are Common to Service Veterans?
The Office of Public Health is certain that there are some medical conditions that may specifically affect a veteran. Those conditions are, but may not be limited to the below:
- Agent Orange: Chloracne, Parkinson’s disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetes Mellitus-type 2, and ischemic heart disease are all related to Agent Orange. There are also specific birth defects that can become present as well, including spina bfidida, and those, if present in the biological children of veterans are also akin with military service in either Vietnam or Korea.
- Camp Lejeune (Toxic Exposure): If a veteran and members of their family resided for more than thirty (30) days or more at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, they’re possibly eligible for compensation for a multitude of cancers and various conditions directly due to the water supply being contaminated.
- Ebola: United States military personnel that may have served in areas where ebola grew to become of epidemic proportions.
- Infectious Disease: Malaria and West Nile Virus are among particular diseases that became prevalent in veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations during the Gulf War (August 2nd, 1990) to the present, and Afghanistan on or after the date of September 19th, 2001.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Brain injuries and other concussions are more common in service members due to the use of explosions. Total disability can become reality if even a moderately sized TBI is evident.
- Rabies: Any of the troops deployed overseas that were bit by animals, or may have been exposed to the saliva of an infected animal.
- Gulf War Syndrome: The VA does not mandate that Gulf War veterans need to prove a connection between any service and specific, undiagnosed/unexplained illnesses.
- Viral Hepatitis: Disabling symptoms can be produced by Hepatitis A, B and C. However, with the proper steps it can become manageable at best.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Combat veterans are susceptible to experiencing cognitive impairments and emotional difficulties directly after any time that they spent in the service.
- Radiation Exposure-Related Diseases: Some cancers have been linked in the form of ionizing radiation exposure during military service.
Even if the VA has acknowledged your claim, that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that they will be inclined to review your claim further or approve it.
What are the Exposure Risks for Veterans Who Served During the Iraq War?
There are several environmental and chemical/combat hazards for any Iraq War veterans that the VA acknowledges, those are typically related to one or more of the following:
- Burn Pits: Troops were exposed to open-air waste disposal consisting of burning chemicals, paint, medical & human waste, munititions, petroleum, plastic, rubber, wood and discarded food.
- Chemical Warfare Agents: The troops required to handle or destroy explosive ordnance may have come into contact with blister agents, which are highly potent (e.g. mustard gas) or potentially also nerve agents (e.g. sarin gas).
- Chromium: Water treatment facilities in the Barash oil fields, (Qaramat Ali, Iraq 2003) might have potentially been exposed to dust which also contained hexavalent chromium, a well-known carcinogen.
- Depleted Uranium: The United States military used depleted uranium inside of any of their armor-piercing projectiles. The element itself is far less radioactive than traditional uranium but it is unfortunately just as toxic, and serious health problems can still result from internal exposure, inhalation and/or ingestion.
- Heat Stroke and/or Dehydration: Actively working in the Iraqi desert under numerous layers of gear and equipment can make one prone to heat stroke and severe dehydration.
- Mefloquine: This anti-malaria drug poses serious side-effects to many, including anxiety, paranoia, depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, muscle fatigue, irregular heartbeat and/or lung problems.
- Noise: Hearing loss is a direct result of loud explosions, and can also play a major role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Occupational Hazards: Working with heavy machinery, or industrial chemical can lead to occupational illnesses.
- Rabies: This can be contracted through animal bites or contact with saliva any animal that is already fallen victim to this incredibly deadly disease.
- Sand, Dust and Particulates: Desert terrain and the inhalation of fine particulates is clearly unavoidable in every way.
- Sulfur Fire: Mishraq State Sulfur Mine Plant, located near Mosul, Iraq caught fire, burning for almost a month (June, 2003) and as a result, sulfur dioxide was exposed to individuals, risking their health and life.
- Toxic Embedded Fragments: Shrapnel that is contaminated with toxic embedded fragments and is located with IED’s (improvised explosive devices) can cause severe harm.
- Traumatic Brain Injury/Injuries: Explosions or projectiles can produce concussive force, and can also penetrate the skull destroying brain tissue, ruining cognitive impairment.
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