VA Resource Guide

Here is a great resource for filing a claim for Agent Orange.
Comrade Joe Augustine sent this to help us with our claims.
Thanks Joe!

Download – VVAAgentOrangeGuide


Benefit Description

Disability Compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses. Learn More

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of Servicemembers who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive-duty training or survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities. DIC for parents is an income based benefit. Learn More

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or a specific disability, such as loss of use of one hand or leg. For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person. Learn about special monthly compensation benefit rates

Other Benefits: VA provides additional housing and insurance benefits to Veterans with disabilities, including Adapted Housing grantsService-Disable Veterans’ Insurance, and Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance.

September 16, 2013


The three new presumptive conditions are:

  1. Ischemic heart disease
  2. Chronic B-cell leukemia’s, such as hairy cell leukemia
  3. Parkinson’s disease

Definition of ischemic Heart Disease

According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (Harrison’s Online, Chapter 237, Ischemic Heart Disease, 2008), ischemic heart disease is a condition in which there is an inadequate supply of blood and oxygen to a portion of the myocardium; it typically occurs when there is an imbalance between myocardial oxygen supply and demand. Therefore, for purposes of this regulation, the term “ischemic heart disease” includes, but is not limited to, acute, subacute, and old myocardial infarction; atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease including coronary artery disease (including coronary spasm) and coronary bypass surgery; and stable, unstable, and Prinzmetal’s angina. Since the term refers only to heart disease, it does not include hypertension or peripheral manifestations of arteriosclerosis such as peripheral vascular disease or stroke.

The cardiovascular section of the rating schedule was revised effective January 12, 1998 (See the Rating section for further information).

Definition of Chronic B-Cell Leukemia

B-cell leukemia describes several different types of lymphoid leukemias and includes the following types:

  • B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, mature B-cell type
  • B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia
  • Precursor B-lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Hairy cell leukemia

There are fourteen kinds of lymphomas involving B-cells.

  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Mucosa-associated lymphatic tissue lymphoma (MALT)
  • Small cell lymphocytic lymphoma (overlaps with the chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma
  • Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
  • Nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (NMZL)
  • Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL)
  • Extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
  • Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma
  • Primary effusion lymphoma
  • Lymphomatoid granulomatosis

Definition of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The four primary symptoms of PD are a tremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. PD usually affects people over the age of 50. Early symptoms of PD are subtle and occur gradually. In some people, the disease progresses more quickly than in others. As the disease progresses, the shaking, or tremor, which affects the majority of PD patients may begin to interfere with daily activities. Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions. There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help in diagnosing sporadic PD. Therefore the diagnosis is based on medical history and a neurological examination. The disease can be difficult to diagnose accurately. Doctors may sometimes request brain scans or laboratory tests in order to rule out other diseases.

September 10, 2013

Below is a list of Presumptive Diseases for Vietnam, Gulf War, and Prisoners of War.

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