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Q49:  I am having constant shoulder and neck pain. Now my Dr. says that I need a full shoulder replacement. Can I claim disability because I was in the paratroopers and made numerous parachute jumps with full combat gear?  While on Okinawa we jumped on an asphalt runway named Yomitan air strip. I also jumped from helicopters.

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A1:  You would still have to provide a nexus which connects your shoulder disability to your service. For example did you suffer an documented shoulder injury on a jump while on active duty? Did you seek medical attention while on active duty for you shoulder?  If you did either of these than you may have a case to be awarded compensation.  (LG)  2/28/20