Veterans Cannot Claim This Disease As A Disability
By USVCP Staff Writers
April 9, 2019
While many have tried, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adamant, veterans will never be compensated for this disability. While the VA estimates that 78% of veterans have this disability, VA does not and will not offer treatment programs for veterans suffering from this widespread disability. In other words, VA will never dish out compensation for it anytime soon.
Additionally, every Veterans Service Officer (VSO) we contacted about this issue stated in no uncertain terms that any veteran who asks to put in a claim for this rampant disease is basically wasting their time and energy.
As far as VA is concerned, obesity cannot be considered a service-connected disability. Recently, a new ruling by VA General Counsel explains in great detail why obesity is not considered service-connected.
The new ruling reinforces the VA's long-standing opinion that obesity isn't a disease or injury according to the law for wartime or peacetime compensation and can't be considered directly related to military service for compensation purposes.
Wait a minute! The Centers for Disease Control recognizes obesity as a disabling disease with many health-related ramifications, so why doesn’t the VA?
While the VA treats obesity as a disease for which treatment is warranted, the distinction is in the words "service-connected." The VA simply does not see it as a condition that was a result of military service, and therefore for which compensation is payable.
Larry Bishop, 4/10/19
Is there any common sense left in the world today??????? Sad what this country has come to.
John R. Morgan, Sr., 4/10/19
The VA does not want to recognize it for almost every veteran with a disability preventing them from doing active exercises because of their disabilities. Such as degenerative bone and joint disease, loss of limbs, severe muscle and nerve damage. If they are unable to exercise or get in sufficient walking, bending, hiking, track, climbing to keep their weight down or affect it as so . Therefore a large percentage of veterans will and do put on excessive weight where diet alone can not and will not keep their weight down. That is why the VA will not accept obesity or even degenerative bone and joint disease to a minimum. I for one they accept degenerative joint and bone disease for both my knees but not my whole spine or skeletal system. I accept this as long as they pay me at the 100% level but if they take anything away will sue them for have the evidence to prove my bone and joint disease is related to type II diabetes which is service-connected. The VA never accepts any condition that will increase the number of veterans would be able to claim and that is why they do not want us veterans comparing conditions and percentages where one gets more of a rating when a lot of us veterans have the same conditions but it is just how we prove it and pursue it that they finally give in to a certain degree.
Bernice Mendoza, 4/10/19
I lost a strip because in service they claim I was obese I left the military because of the stress cause by this issue. My weight was due to my career as an engine mechanic. Continuously try to keep my weight in align with their requirements cause stress and more weight. I had the option of loose weight or get out. Looking at me I had no weight to lose but they went by number I.e. scale and not by reality.
Jimmy Fishburn, 4/10/19
When I enlisted I was in shape. I was discharged for Obesity. Tell me again how this is NOT service connected!
Alfred Carpenter, 4/10/19
I agree with the VA. Obesity is not caused by serving in the military.