BURN PITS & OTHER EXPOSURES

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WERE YOU EXPOSED TO BURN PITS OR OTHER HAZARDS DURING YOUR MILITARY SERVICE?

The VA Disability system is confusing and time-consuming. It can be especially difficult to win benefits for a disability related to a hazardous exposures from your military service. Winning these cases requires an experienced advocate who knows the ins and outs of the VA system, and can obtain the right medical opinion that ties everything together. Rob Levine & Associates has assisted countless veterans in obtaining benefits due to burn pits and other exposures that had devastating impact on their health. Our firm takes on an array of diverse exposure cases, including but not limited to:

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BURN PITS

Many veterans were exposed to toxic hazards from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military used large-scale open-air combustion, called burn pits, as a form of waste management for billions of tons of trash over the past two decades. Burn pits contained toxic materials such as chemicals, paint, metal/aluminum cans, munitions, plastic products, as well as medical and human waste. Research shows that toxins from burn pits smoke affect the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, and internal organs.  Veterans with exposure to burn pits now deal with debilitating medical conditions that can be presumptively service-connected.

The following groups of veterans are presumed to have been exposed to burn pits during their military service:

  1. On or after August 2, 1990, veterans with service in any of these territories or airspace above these locations: Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

  1. On or after September 11, 2001, veterans with service in any of these territories or airspace above these locations: Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

If a veteran has military service with presumed exposure to burn pits, it is easier to service-connect the following medical conditions:

  • Respiratory Cancers such as: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the larynx, SCC of the trachea, adenocarcinoma of the trachea, salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea, adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung, large cell carcinoma of the lung, salivary gland-type tumors of the lung, sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung, and typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung.
  • The following types of cancer: Head cancer of any type, Neck cancer of any type, Respiratory cancer of any type, Gastrointestinal cancer of any type, Reproductive cancer of any type, Lymphoma cancer of any type, Lymphomatic cancer of any type, Kidney cancer, Brain cancer, Melanoma, Pancreatic cancer, Glioblastoma.
  • The following types of respiratory conditions: Sinusitis, Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Chronic bronchitis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Constrictive bronchiolitis or obliterative bronchiolitis, Emphysema, Granulomatous disease, Interstitial lung disease, Pleuritis, Pulmonary fibrosis, Sarcoidosis.

Medical studies continue to show the negative impact of burn pits on veterans’ health. Unfortunately, it is still difficult for many veterans to establish benefits for their burn pit-related claims. Contact us today so we can fight for you!

GULF WAR EXPOSURES

During the Gulf War, many veterans were exposed to burn pitssarin gas, depleted uranium, and burning oil wells. As a result, Gulf War veterans often suffer from medically unexplained illnesses, commonly known as “Gulf War Syndrome,” which may be tied to those exposures. Research continues to demonstrate that veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom experience the same debilitating illnesses.

Veterans with eligible service in Southwest Asia may receive presumptive service connection for the following conditions related to Gulf War Syndrome:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Infectious Diseases Such As: Malaria, Brucellosis, Coxiella Burnetii (Q Fever), Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Shigella, Campylobacter Jejuni, Non-typhoid Salmonella, West Nile Virus, and Visceral Leishmaniasis

Dealing with the effects of Gulf War exposures can be hard enough. Don’t add the stress and frustration of battling the VA alone. Contact our team for a free case evaluation, and we’ll work hard to get you the benefits you deserve!

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