Connecting Veterans to Their Benefits
Highlight - Presumption of Soundness Rule
We are committed to empowering men and women from our Armed Forces, acting as their champion and making sure their dreams of a fruitful life come true. Whether seeking compensation, pension, or benefits, we strive to assist veterans in their pursuit.
Making a transition from active military to civilian life can be challenging. U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs provides a range of social supports, compensation and pension services that make reintegrating into the community simpler. Nothing is more important to us than giving back to those that served Honorably in the Armed Forces.
The Presumption of Soundness Rule has become the backdrop for many legal cases lately, where the veteran assumes a position of good health, only to demonstrate that military service caused or exacerbated an injury or disease. Because of the Presumption of Soundness Rule many veterans have been awarded service-connected benefits.
The Presumption of Soundness rule suggests veterans are assumed to have been in sound physical and mental condition when initially examined, accepted, and enrolled into the Armed Forces. This rule applies except to all conditions except those “noted at the time of the examination, acceptance, and enrollment” or “where clear and unmistakable evidence demonstrates that the injury or disease existed before acceptance and enrollment.”
The rule simply means that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must assume a veteran was physically and mentally healthy when he or she entered the Armed Forces unless they can prove otherwise.
Highlight - The Defense Base Act
The purpose of The Defense Base Act was to make sure that civilians working overseas for a U.S. government agency were protected in the event of injury, kidnapping, or death.
The Defense Base Act, or DBA, is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and is meant to compensate defense contractor employees who are injured in the scope of their employment. The DBA has been revised several times in order to broaden the scope of who may be covered by the workers’ compensation program.
The DBA covers the following types of employees:
- Employees of private employers stationed overseas on a U.S. military base, or on any land used for military purposes by the U.S. Government
- Employees involved in a contract with any U.S. government agency for public works, such as construction or service contracts, related to national defense activities outside of the U.S.
- Employees involved in a contract for the sale of military equipment, materials, or services to allies of the U.S. under the Foreign Assistance Act, provided the activities take place overseas.
- Employees working for American employers that provide welfare or similar services outside the U.S. for the benefit of the Armed Forces. Some examples include employees of the American Red Cross and the United Service Organization (USO).
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Highlight - Disability Journal