Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Undiagnosed Illnesses of The Persian Gulf War

Veterans with undiagnosed illnesses now have an additional five years to qualify for benefits.  A recent change in the VA regulations affects Veterans of the conflict in Southwest Asia. (More in VA Health Trends newsletter). Many have attributed a range of undiagnosed or poorly understood medical problems to their military services.

Chemical weapons, environmental hazards and Vaccinations are among the possible causes.  At issues is the eligibility of Veterans to claim VA disability compensation based upon those undiagnosed illnesses, and the ability of Survivors to qualify for VA's Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.

Formerly, Veterans with undiagnosed illness had to establish eligibility for the VA benefits by December 31, 2011.  The new change pushes the "DATE BACK" to December 31, 2016.

Veterans or survivors who believe they qualify for these benefits should contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000

Further information is available online at
www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar                                                             www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/oefoif/index.asp

Whats at stake could be up to $2,800 a month to sick and unemployable Veterans with Undiagnosed Illnesses.  This information was gather from the Health Trends that is a Quarterly Newsletter for the Phoenix Health Care System.  This does not mean that you can not apply if you are only here during the winter and going back home after the snow melts.

You have to fight the VA for your benefits and please remember "You are Not" taking away from another Veteran benefits. Iif you think you many fit within the guild lines of the new "Rules to apply" please do it .

We must fight for the ones behind us as our Older Veteran's had done for us!

May GOD Bless you and please "Fight the Good Fight" and  follow though with your claim!

No Veteran left behind!

Gregg Jones

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