Chronic Diseases Related to Military Service

Chronic Diseases Related to Military Service

Military service is never easy, and a lot of Beachwood, OH, area veterans are still paying the cost of service long after they came home. The military knows that many things veterans have gone through have caused permanent injury and disability for thousands. These “presumptive conditions,” as they’re known, may entitle you to compensation for your sacrifice.

Veterans serve in all kinds of places, and they do all kinds of jobs while they’re in uniform. Unfortunately, that service is sometimes hazardous to your health in ways that may never go away.

Presumptive Conditions

The military has a list of presumptive conditions veterans are likely to have as a result of their service. These are illnesses and health problems that are presumed to have been caused by something that happened to veterans during their service. The government has set aside funds to help veterans with presumptive conditions, though you may need help presenting your case for disability benefits related to your claim.

The Department of Defense has known for many years that some events and occupational specialties are linked to long-term disability. The short list of presumptive causes the military is prepared to pay benefits for includes:

  • Exposure to Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam and Korea
  • Radiation exposure among nuclear technicians and ordinance techs handling radioactive material
  • Gulf War Syndrome, a mysterious group of illnesses contracted during service in the Persian Gulf
  • Prisoner of war status, which has seen many American service members mistreated and malnourished

The conditions linked to these causes is long and technical. Some of the more common disabilities veterans with presumptive conditions are likely to have, include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • PTSD and other psychological issues
  • ALS – commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer of any kind, which may be connected to chemicals and radiation
  • Ischemic heart disease and blocked coronary arteries
  • Some skin conditions

The full list of conditions is much longer than this, and not everybody with a chronic disease related to their military service falls into a neat category. Sometimes, veterans’ claims get denied for reasons that are hard to understand, which forces disabled veterans to fight through the appeal process.

On Your Side Fighting for Your Presumptive Disability Benefits

Denial of disability compensation for presumptive conditions doesn’t have to be the end of your claim.

Call the legal team of Kabb Law, where we have decades of experience helping Cleveland-area veterans like you, or your loved one, win the compensation they have a right to for their presumptive conditions related to military service.