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BLUEWATER AND BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND VETERANS

 

 

DO I QUALIFY?

VA Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans. They are determined by VA to be disabled by an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. The Veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable to be eligible for compensation. Monthly VA disability compensation varies with the degree of VA disability and the number of eligible dependents. Veterans with severe disabilities may qualify for additional special monthly compensation (SMC)

Presumptive Conditions:

  • High blood pressure (also called hypertension)

  • Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)

  • AL amyloidosis

  • Chloracne (or other types of acneiform disease like it)
    Note: Under our rating regulations, this condition must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of herbicide exposure.

  • Diabetes mellitus type 2

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Ischemic heart disease

  • Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)

  • Parkinsonism

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Peripheral neuropathy, early onset
    Note: Under our rating regulations, this condition must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of herbicide exposure.

  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
    Note: Under our rating regulations, this condition must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of herbicide exposure.

Vietnam War Locations added by the PACT Act signed by President Biden on August 8, 2022, VA added these 5 legislated locations where presumptions of Agent Orange exposure will apply:

  • Any U.S. or Royal Thai military base in Thailand from January 9, 1962, through June 30, 1976 

  • Laos from December 1, 1965, through September 30, 1969

  • Cambodia at Mimot or Krek, Kampong Cham Province from April 16, 1969, through April 30, 1969

  • Guam or American Samoa or in the territorial waters off of Guam or American Samoa from January 9, 1962, through July 30, 1980

  • Johnston Atoll or on a ship at Johnston Atoll from January 1, 1972, through September 30, 1977


 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Veterans who served on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, or who had served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, and may be entitled to service connection for any of the 14 conditions related to herbicide exposure.

The VA Disability Advocates Main Office is Located in Las Vegas, NV. We Represent Veterans throughout the United States. 702-92-4883 

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