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Camp Lejeune and VA Disability: Update

lejeune.jpgThe saga of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a large Marine base in North Carolina, has been in the news the past few years. There have been stories in this blog as well. In March 2015, our blog post reported on the failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create a presumptive link between service at the Marine base and a variety of conditions and illnesses. The next blog post on the subject, in August 2015, reported that the VA was looking into making some conditions presumptive for service at Camp Lejeune.

Gulf War Veterans and VA Disability Benefits

Gulf War veterans who served in the Persian Gulf region from 1990 to 2001 are getting older, with most in their 40s and 50s. The health consequences of service in the Persian Gulf have been studied extensively by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies.

Military Testing and Veterans Benefits, Part 2: Edgewood Arsenal Tests

A previous blog post described the mustard gas tests conducted on WWII-era soldiers to determine how the enemy might respond to the use of such substances. This post discusses the chemical and pharmaceutical tests conducted at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland on soldiers who were threatened with dishonorable discharge or deployment to Vietnam if they talked about their experiences.

Military Testing and Veterans Benefits, Part 1: Mustard Gas Tests

It sounds like something out of a horror or sci-fi movie. Tens of thousands of military personnel were exposed to chemical warfare and other agents, usually without their informed consent or knowledge - all in the name of science. In some instances, soldiers were tricked into participating in the experiments. Many received incentives such as light duty and extra leave. Most were told to never talk about their experiences as guinea pigs.

SMC Benefits for Service-Related Blindness

Veterans who are blind or have serious vision loss caused or aggravated by their service in the military may be eligible for disability benefits. In certain cases, they may be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), a program that provides additional benefits to veterans with specific types of service-connected disabilities.