Almost 80% of Burn Pit Claims Denied by VA

This week, an agency official announced that 78% of disability claims related to toxic exposure to burn pits have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to an article published by, “Between 2007 and 2020, VA approved disability claims related to burn-pit exposure for 2,828 veterans out of 12,582, according to Laurine Carson, deputy executive director of policy and procedures for VA. The gap in veterans who are approved for benefits drew the ire of lawmakers who argued the VA should give presumptive care for veterans, saying the agency does not have clear guidelines for who gets burn-pit compensation.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability