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Agent Orange

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
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There are two broad types of radiation, non-ionizing and ionizing. Ionizing radiation sends out extremely high energy, which may pose a health risk. Ionizing radiation exposure comes from a variety of sources, including nuclear weapons testing or other activities during military service.
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Burial & Memorial Benefits

This chapter contains information on the full range of VA burial and memorial benefits. Readers with questions may contact the nearest national cemetery, listed by state in VA Facilities section of this book, call 1-800-827-1000, or visit the websit

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Burn Pits

Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. At this time, research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits. VA continues to study the health of deployed Veterans.
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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions.  VA Secretary Bob McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with these chemical solvents following discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

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Caregiver Program

Are you interested in applying for VA's Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program? Answer a few questions to find out if you meet the criteria for VA's new program for certain Veterans needing the assistance of a caregiver. Based on your answers to the questions, you will be guided to complete the appropriate online application for VA benefits.
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Compensation Table

Current compensation table.
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eBenefits

The eBenefits Portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Active Duty Servicemembers, their families, and those who care for them.

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Fort McClellan Exposure

Some members of the U.S. Army Chemical Corp School, Army Combat Development Command Chemical/Biological/Radiological Agency, Army Military Police School and Women's Army Corps, among others, may have been exposed to one or more of several hazardous materials...

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Military Sexual Trama

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Veterans who experienced MST have access to a wide range of services to assist them in their recovery. MST-related treatment is available at all VA medical facilities and all treatment for physical and mental health conditions related to experiences of MST is provided free of charge.
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Parkinson's disease is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Symptoms are: tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination.
 
Veterans who develop Parkinson's disease and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their disease and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.
Learn about VA specialty care for Parkinson's disease.
 
Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean demilitarized zone or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for a free Agent Orange registry health exam.
 
Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of Parkinson's disease may be eligible for Survivors' Benefits. 

Parkinson's Disease

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Polytrauma/TBI System of Care

VA’s Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving Veterans and Service Members with both combat and civilian related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and polytrauma. Services available through PCS include: interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment, development of a comprehensive plan of care, case management, patient and family education and training, psychosocial support, and application of advanced rehabilitation treatments and prosthetic technologies.
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Learn about the research, educational and outreach efforts at the National Center for PTSD.
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Radiation Exposure

If you are concerned about the health effects of radiation exposure during military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator. 

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Service Dogs

The subcommittee responsible for oversight of national security issues held a hearing on Thursday reviewing the Veterans Administration’s use of service dogs to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. The hearings examined a VA report on its limited attempts to place service dogs with veterans. In the three-year study, the VA argued that there was not enough evidence that proves service dogs help veterans affected by PTSD.

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The Woman Veteran

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The total Veteran population in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Territories/Foreign, as of September 30, 2015, was 21,680,534. Of that number, women Veterans numbered 2,035,213. Texas, California, Florida, Virginia and Georgia have the largest number of female veterans. However, among recent veterans, women are the fastest growing group.
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The Wurtsmith AFB tainted Water

Toxic Exposure at Wurtsmith AFB with Tainted Water The most recent revelation about the contamination at Wurtsmith, which closed in 1993, is that perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs -- a legacy of firefighting foam used at the base for many years -- have migrated from groundwater under the base to pollute nearby residential wells.
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