Veteran’s Benefits for Service-Related Disabilities
If you are a veteran who has a service-related disability, you may be entitled to disability compensation. Our Mesa veterans benefits attorney is dedicated to ensuring you benefit from your rights. Listed below are some of the illnesses that you may obtain compensation for.
Agent Orange-Related Diseases
If you served in Vietnam or near the Korean demilitarized zones during certain years, you are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange and may be eligible for compensation for Agent Orange-related diseases such as Hodgkin’s Disease, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, diabetes mellitus Type 2, and other diseases. Children of Vietnam and Korean veterans may also be eligible for compensation if they have certain defects such as some types of spina bifida.
Persian Gulf War Illnesses
If you served in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia or other areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations for certain years, you may be entitled to compensation for illnesses such as fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological and neural psychological problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, issues with skin, muscle and joint pain, and respiratory and cardiovascular problems, among others. Let us ensure you receive your benefits by consulting with a Mesa veterans benefits attorney today.
Exposure to Dangerous Environmental Conditions
If during military service, you were exposed to chemical fires, mustard gas, contaminated water, asbestos, or other dangerous environmental conditions and developed a disease as a result of such exposure, you may be eligible for compensation.
Prisoners of War
If you were a prisoner of war and developed certain conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, heart disease or other conditions, you are presumed to be entitled to compensation.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease
The VA presumes that Lou Gehrig’s disease is service related if you served in the military for 90 days or more in continuous active military service.
Other Diseases That Develop After Separation from Service
If you have certain diseases such as ulcers, epilepsy, brain hemorrhages, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, tumors, or other diseases that appear within a year of separation from service, you may be eligible for compensation. Indeed, some diseases such as tuberculosis or multiple sclerosis may be compensable even if they appear more than a year after separation.
You may file a claim for compensation for service-related disabilities with a local VA office, a VA medical facility, or online. For information about filing a claim online, please visit the following website: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=disability-compensation.
Contact a Mesa veterans benefits attorney today to learn more about your rights.
For more information about compensation for service-related disabilities, please visit the following website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-index.asp .
Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
If you served in the armed services, you cannot be discriminated against because of your service, nor can you be retaliated against for asserting your right to be free from such discrimination.
In addition, when you return from military leave, you must be re-employed in the same or similar position where you would have been employed had you never left for military service. And you may not be discharged for a year after returning from leave, except for cause.
If you believe your employer violated your rights under USERRA, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor or in court at any time. While there is no statute of limitations for filing a claim under USERRA, employers may argue that the employee unreasonably delayed in bringing the claim.
For more information about USERRA protections, please visit the following website: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/ .
With offices in Phoenix and Mesa, the law firm of Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb can help you evaluate your Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act claim. Please call us at 480-757-0001 or via the contact form on this website to inquire further with a Mesa veterans benefits attorney.