Pension Insider
By David Austin
December 7, 2018

Presumptive Categories

    

Vietnam Veterans

  

Veterans who served “boots on ground” in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.  Also, veterans who served on some bases in Thailand, along the Korean DMZ, and “Brown Water” Navy veterans during certain periods of time.  All veterans who served during the specified time period, and in the specified locations, and who are diagnosed with certain conditions are presumed to be service-connected.

  

Atomic Veterans

  

Veterans who participated in atmospheric nuclear testing; occupied or was a POW in Hiroshima or Nagasaki; served before February 1, 1992 at a diffusion plant in Paducah, Kenrucky, Portsmouth, Ohio, or Oak Ridge, Tennessee.; or served before January 1, 1974 at Amchitka Island, Alaska.  All veterans who served during the specified time period, and in the specified locations, and who are diagnosed with certain conditions are presumed to be service-connected.

  

  

   

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

Gulf War Veterans

  

Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Gulf War and had a condition or conditions that began on active duty or before December 31, 2016.  Some conditions that started after separation are presumed service-connected if the veteran served in the specified location.  All veterans who served during the specified time period, and in the specified locations, and who are diagnosed with certain conditions are presumed to be service-connected.

  

Camp Lejeune Veterans

  

Veterans who served in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987, were presumed to be exposed to contaminated water. There are 15 disabling conditions that are attributed to toxic water exposure.  All veterans who served during the specified time period, and in the specified locations, and who are diagnosed with certain conditions are presumed to be service-connected.

               

  

Veterans Who Need Immediate Help

  

The Veterans Crisis Line is a FREE, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances.

 

This FREE support is:

  • Confidential
  • Available every day, 24/7
  • Serves All Veterans
  • Serves All branches of the Armed Forces
  • Serves the National Guard and Reserve
  • Serves a veterans family members and friends

   

Call:  1-800-273-8255 press option #1

or

Text 838255 (Text conversation)

or 

Call support for deaf and hard of hearing:  1-800-799-4889

                     

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Free Vietnam Lapel Pin

    

All living U.S. veterans who served on active

duty between November 1, 1955 to May 15,

1975, regardless of location, are eligible for

the official Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin. Most pins are given to veterans at official military ceremonies in most communities that celebrate military events. For additional information about your free Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin call 1-800-827-1000 or a veterans organization near you. Additionally, veterans can pick up a new, free Vietnam Lapel pin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in person at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores, some commissary locations or again, at partner events outside military gates nationwide. Veterans who do not have access to military installations and need help finding an event where they can receive their pin can call the commemoration office at 877-387-9951.

Request Free Vietnam Lapel Pin 

VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule Related to Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems
 

Effective December 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.

 

These federal regulations used by the Veterans Benefits Administration help claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings.

 

One diagnostic code was removed, nine were added, and several were restructured.

 

The complete list of updates to the rating schedule are now available online.