VA Releases Final Rule on Standardized Claims and Appeals Forms

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The VA amended its regulations today introducing a uniform disability claims form that VA says will allow it to better service veterans. The new rule goes into effect beginning March 25, 2014, and includes three major changes: Requirement that all VA benefits claims (pension, compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, and monetary burial benefits) be filed on VA’s standardized claims form Requirement …

Shock Waves Cause As Much Damage As Impact Head Injuries

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A recent study has confirmed that the concussive blast wave from an explosion can be equally as damaging as an impact injury to the head when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. The study set out to determine whether there was any difference in the level of symptoms suffered by service members “with blast-related vs. non-blast-related concussive TBI” and concluded there was …

VA Finally Rolls Out Burn Pit Registry

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After years of pressure from lawmakers in Congress, VA has finally rolled out an open burn pit registry by which veterans can document exposure to airborne hazards, including smoke from burn pits. The potential effects of open air burn pits were first raised in 2008, and since that time, hundreds of veterans have returned home with significant respiratory problems and other issues.

Study Confirms post-Vietnam C-123 Aircrew and Maintainers Exposed to Agent Orange

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A new study has concluded that aircrew and maintainers who flew the C-123 Provider during the post-Vietnam era were likely exposed to hazardous levels of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange. The Air Force used the UC-123 during Vietnam to spray Agent Orange, and the planes were subsequently returned to the United States and used by the Air Force Reserve as cargo aircraft, without any decontamination or exposure …

Five Illnesses Now Presumed Service-Connected for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

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The Department of Defense calls traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) “one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.” TBIs can cause many physical and mental impairments, and the VA doesn’t always link those impairments to the TBI. Now, based on a 2008 report from the Institute of Medicine entitled Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of …