Update on Camp Lejeune Presumptive Conditions

Gregory M. Rada Disability Compensation, Legal Update

Camp Lejune Contaminated Drinking WaterSecretary McDonald recently revealed more details regarding VA’s plan to expand disability compensation eligibility to veterans who were exposed to contaminated water while stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, including Reserve and National Guard personnel who would not normally be eligible for VA disability compensation benefits.

The Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) found that drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with chemicals such as perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene from leaking storage tanks. ATSDR also determined prolonged exposure to those chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.

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VA Establishing Presumptive Service Connection for Camp Lejeune Tainted Water

Gregory M. Rada Disability Compensation, Legal Update

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The VA announced on Monday that it is beginning the process to amend its regulations and establish presumptive service connection for certain conditions from exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The VA already provides health care services to veterans who have any of 15 conditions and who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, but the new regulations will permit veterans to receive disability compensation.

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Military Blast Exposure May Cause Brain to Age Early

Gregory M. Rada Disability Compensation

A study published Monday in Brain, A Journal of Neurology, found that “blast exposure may negatively affect brain-aging trajectories at the microstructural tissue level,” even among service members who felt nothing from the blast. It’s especially disturbing the study found signs of brain degeneration and early aging even in veterans who reported they never experienced blast-related symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, memory loss, or loss of consciousness. 

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VA’s New Standardized Forms and Intent to File a Claim

Gregory M. Rada Disability Compensation, Legal Update

VA’s requirement to use standardized forms to start claims and appeals has gone into effect as of March 25, 2015. In addition, the VA’s new “Intent to File a Claim” process replaced the old “informal claims” process. I’ve already discussed the details of the new standardized forms requirement here, as well as the intent to file a claim process here, so I’ve summarized the main points after the break.

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