Navigation Links
New Disability Benefits Could Soon Be Available to Vietnam Vets

West Virginia lawyer Jan Dils favors expanded coverage for military veterans harmed by Agent Orange.

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) April 24, 2010 -- According to attorney Jan Dils, Vietnam veterans who have developed diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease should have an easier time obtaining disability benefits under a recently proposed change in veterans benefits.

In March, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published a proposed rule change that will add these three illnesses to the list of health problems presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.

“Thousands of our nation’s veterans are suffering today because of their exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange in Vietnam,” said Dils, whose law firm focuses on helping disabled individuals receive Veterans disability and Social Security disability compensation. “This decision recognizes the fact that these veterans need help, and it speeds up the claims process.”

Dils said that the proposed rule change would allow disabled Vietnam veterans to receive the help they deserve without having to prove a specific link between their disease and military service. Veterans who served in Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to dangerous herbicides. A 2009 study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences found evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War was associated with an increased chance of developing certain diseases.

The VA’s final rule will be published later this year, after a period of public comment and review. Dils said veterans who have been diagnosed with any of the listed diseases should start the process of applying for disability benefits. Once a disease is added to the VA’s list of ailments linked to Agent Orange, veterans with the disease can become eligible for benefits to the date of filing. “The earlier the date of filing, the more back disability benefits the vet will receive, so it’s best not to delay,” Dils said.

She added that the rule change also promises to be good news for Vietnam veterans who have previously had claims denied for disabilities related to these diseases. They may be eligible to collect retroactive disability payments to the date that their original claims were rejected, after 1985.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military used more than 19 million gallons of herbicides to remove leaves from trees that provide enemy cover, and to destroy crops in the Republic of Vietnam. This new rule will increase the number of illnesses associated with herbicide exposure to 14 and significantly expand the current leukemia definition. The full list of diseases associated with Agent Orange, including the newly added ones, can be found at:

About Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

The firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law focuses exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities receive the financial compensation they deserve. The firm assists disabled clients at every stage in the applications and appeals process to obtain Veterans’ disability, Social Security disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Based in West Virginia, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law assists disabled clients nationwide. To contact the firm, call toll free at 1-877-JANDILS (1-877-526-3457) or visit the firm online at

# # #

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Black men with chronic pain at higher risk for depression, disability
2. Sokolove Law Helps Thousands of Consumers Fight Unfair Disability Insurance Denial
3. Regenstrief Institute to help improve disability determination through health information technology
4. Pioneering treatment reduces disability in premature babies with serious brain hemorrhage
5. Larynx preservation treatments result in low instance of severe voice disability, nutritional dysfunction
6. The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Partner to Increase Accessibility for Women with Disabilities at Mammogram Facilities in the DC Metro Area
7. Alzheimers Foundation of America Applauds Social Security for Speeding Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimers Disease
8. New IAVA Report Reveals Red Tape Facing Veterans in the Military and VA Health Care and Disability Systems
9. National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for January 2010
10. Covidien Sued By Samuelson, Wilson and Roe for Disability Discrimination
11. DC Nonprofit Searches for Next Generation of Disability Advocates
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
New Disability Benefits Could Soon Be Available to Vietnam Vets 
(Date:11/25/2015)... Rouge, LA (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... in the United States District Court of Connecticut on behalf of a home health ... behalf of all current or former home health care workers employed by Humana, Inc., ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Dental professionals who would like to become more proficient on ... Dr. Mark Iacobelli’s Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM) CE course. Courses will be held on ... co-founders of Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM), Dr. Iacobelli and Dr. D’Orazio are proud to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... On November 23rd 2015 Cozy Products, a division ... business. Cozy Products explains what this means for business moving forward. , The Tri ... Products business model: to sell personal heaters that reduce energy consumption, are economical and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Evanston, IL (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 ... ... homage to six decades of music, friendships, and learning in its 65th Anniversary ... be held Dec. 5-6. , For 65 years, Brillianteen has been ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Missouri (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... HEAL, will provide scholarships for people struggling with eating disorders as a result ... from the second annual event, held at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 AAIPharma ... planned investment of at least $15.8  Million to ... Wilmington, NC . The expansion will ... to meet the growing demands of the pharmaceutical ... site expansion will provide up to 40,000 ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s largest provider of health ... animal health practitioners, will unveil at the Greater New ... Pavilion , which brings together for the first time ... help any practice or laboratory enter the digital age. ... of experts appearing at the Pavilion. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV ), ... Chief Executive Officer Antonius Schuh, Ph.D., is scheduled to ... Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. th ... Palace Hotel in New York ... Mr. Schuh will be available for one-on-one meetings during ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: