Compensation for Disabilities Caused by Burn Pits and Fine Particulate Matter (VSO)

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Description

Since 1990, nearly 4 million service members have participated in operations in Southwest Asia and Africa, where exposure to airborne hazards from burn pits, sand storms, oil well fires, and other sources was common. These exposures have had devastating effects on the health of countless veterans.

The VA recently made it easier for some veterans to receive service-connected disability benefits for a small number of respiratory conditions. However, there are many more diseases that have been linked to burn pits and for which veterans have been able to obtain VA benefits. It is critical for veterans advocates to understand both the new rules for presumptive service connection of respiratory conditions and how to establish direct service connection for other diseases as due to burn pits.

This webinar will cover the following and more:
• The VA’s special rules for establishing presumptive service connection for respiratory conditions due to exposure to particulate matter
• How to prove that other diseases were caused by burn pit exposure under the theory of direct service connection
• What we have learned from BVA decisions that have both granted and denied service connection for diseases claimed to have been caused by exposure to burn pits
• Key studies and resources that may be helpful for veterans trying to prove that a disease was caused by burn pit exposure
• Numerous bills pending in Congress related to burn pits that could impact veterans
• NVLSP’s Burn Pits Claims Assistance Program

Presenter: Rick Spataro

Length: 103 minutes

Recorded: January 2022

$50.00

Webinar Description:

Since 1990, nearly 4 million service members have participated in operations in Southwest Asia and Africa, where exposure to airborne hazards from burn pits, sand storms, oil well fires, and other sources was common. These exposures have had devastating effects on the health of countless veterans.

The VA recently made it easier for some veterans to receive service-connected disability benefits for a small number of respiratory conditions. However, there are many more diseases that have been linked to burn pits and for which veterans have been able to obtain VA benefits. It is critical for veterans advocates to understand both the new rules for presumptive service connection of respiratory conditions and how to establish direct service connection for other diseases as due to burn pits.

This webinar will cover the following and more:
• The VA’s special rules for establishing presumptive service connection for respiratory conditions due to exposure to particulate matter
• How to prove that other diseases were caused by burn pit exposure under the theory of direct service connection
• What we have learned from BVA decisions that have both granted and denied service connection for diseases claimed to have been caused by exposure to burn pits
• Key studies and resources that may be helpful for veterans trying to prove that a disease was caused by burn pit exposure
• Numerous bills pending in Congress related to burn pits that could impact veterans
• NVLSP’s Burn Pits Claims Assistance Program