Veterans Disability News

Burn Pit Victims Continue to Fight for Benefits


Although veterans advocates made significant progress last year to get burn pit victims their benefits, they are continuing to fight for even more this year. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “The issue of toxic exposure injuries for veterans has been a point of emphasis for outside organizations for years. This past year, advocates…

New Plan to Increase Toxic Exposure Benefits Could Cost Nearly $300 billion


A new analysis issued this week by the Congressional Budget Office outlined that congressional plans to drastically increase disability payments for military hazardous exposure victims may cost about $85 billion in the next five years and more than $280 billion over the next decade. According to an article published by Military Times, “The hefty price…

Benefits for Veteran Burn Pit Victims Expands


After years of lobbying, a new benefit has finally been approved for veterans affected by the smoke emited from burn pits. According to an article published by Federal News Network, “The Veterans Benefits Administration is about to start paying disability benefits for those exposed to fumes from burn pits in the Middle East as far…

Thousands of ‘Blue Water’ Navy Claims Reviewed for Retroactive Compensation


The VA is reviewing about 60,000 claims from Vietnam War veterans with service-related exposure to Agent Orange. Some of these cases could be eligible for retroactive compensation. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “These former sailors served aboard ships in the open waters off the coast of Vietnam and have long contended they were…

New Legislation Introduced for Veterans Who Served in the Middle East, Africa, and the Philippines


This week, Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Norfolk introduced legislation to grant disability and health care benefits for veterans who served in the Middle East, Africa, and the Philippines. These vets have been struggling for years to get the benefits they are entitled to. According to an article published by Daily Press, “It is the first legislation…

Disability Benefits Deadline for Gulf War Veterans to be Extended


Right now, the deadline for Gulf War veterans to apply for benefits for service-connected illnesses is December 31, 2021, however, VA officials have stated that they are working on an extension. According to an article published by ConnectingVets.com, “The deadline has continued to be pushed back in recent years. In 2016, the deadline was pushed…

VA Disease Research Continues to Attempt to Prove Toxic Exposure for Sick Veterans


In an attempt to be proactive, disease researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs began planning for war-related illnesses soon after 9/11. According to an article published by Stripes.com, “[Chief] VA research officer Rachel Ramoni said the agency’s focus is two-pronged: to identify what made the veterans ill and to improve their health situation now…As…

New Biden Infrastructure Plan Gives $18 Billion for VA Hospital Upgrades


An ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure plan by President Joe Biden (also known as the American Jobs Plan) has assigned $18 billion for improvements to Veterans Affairs medical centers. The aim of the package is to generate millions of employment opportunities and to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “Along with major…