VA Expands List of Illnesses caused by Toxic Exposure to Burn Pits

This week The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they will be expediting disability benefits for veterans who developed one of nine respiratory cancers as a direct result of their burn pit toxic exposure.

According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The cancers were added to the department’s presumptive list, which lowers the amount of evidence that veterans must provide to receive VA benefits. The cancers to be added to the list are squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx, squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea, adenocarcinoma of the trachea, adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung, large cell carcinoma of the lung, salivary gland-type tumors of the lung, sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung, and typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability