STD Payments for Life
By USVCP Staff Writers
November 20, 2018
Here's a sampling of some of a few veterans granted monthly disability benefits for "service-connected" sexually transmitted diseases (STD) for life. None of the veterans' names were revealed in the case files.
A veteran who retired in 2000 after 20 years of service said he contracted genital herpes in 1994 and has been plagued with recurrent outbreaks since then. Because he has hepatitis C, he is unable to use the anti-viral medications commonly prescribed for herpes.
"This had made sexual activity difficult on a repetitive basis," the veteran contended, according to a summary of the appeals board hearing. In 2005, four years after he filed his claim, the board deemed him 30% disabled by his herpes infection and thus entitled to about $300 a month in disability benefits for the rest of his life.
Another veteran who served two years in the mid-1970s asked for benefits nearly 24 years later for his penile warts, which he said he acquired while in service. He said he deserved benefits because his "sex life has been affected due to the fear of infecting his partner, and he suffers embarrassment each time he seeks treatment for the warts," according to a summary of his appeals hearing. "He testified that although he has a girlfriend, he has not had sex for a year and a half due to the fear of infecting her," the summary said.
In 1996, the board said his condition left him 10% disabled, which translates today into about $100 a month for him in perpetuity.
Another veteran who served from 1962 to 1965, and for eight months in 1991, filed for benefits for the six condyloma acuminata, or anal warts, which medical dictionaries describe as sexually transmitted. The veteran stated the growths had bedeviled him since his service during the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and, despite treatment, always return.
"The veteran also testified that he experiences a lot of discomfort when he is in the sitting position," said a summary of his testimony during a 1994 hearing on his case.
In 2000, the appeals board deemed him 10% disabled because of the warts, entitling the veteran to about $100 a month for the rest of his life.
How To Apply
Did you know that thousands of veterans across the country are getting lifetime checks from the Government for gonorrhea, genital herpes and other venereal diseases they caught while in the military?
The disability payments are made under a little-known provision from three decades ago that entitles veteran to monthly benefits for sexually transmitted diseases they contracted, or simply aggravated, while in the service, even if they became infected on their own time years ago.
Under the rule Congress created at the end of the Vietnam War, even genital warts are considered a "service-connected" condition entitling a veteran to a minimum $100 or more a month for the rest of his or her life.
Many veterans chose to apply for this benefit on their own. Simply complete the appropriate VA forms, include medical evidence of the condition, and wait for the outcome.