Veterans Crises Line: 800-273-8255
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Some diseases are conflict specific, such as Vietnam or Middle East wars. Some require an additional diagnosis before getting a rating. Some say yes, and give the diagnosis a zero rating. The most common zero award is hearing loss, because the VA will give FREE hearing aids and batteries for life. These hearing aids are top of the line and work amazingly well - even in rooms with lots of noise, like restaurants and neighborhood get-togethers. Much better than the ones from a few years ago. I know, because I have had both.
If you are declined, don’t go off the deep end. You can appeal. Also, see why you were declined. You may have headaches, but they don’t rise to the level needed for a disability rating. You may have back pain or arthritis, but again it doesn’t rise to the level needed. However, it may be because you answered the disability doctor's questions wrong during your examination or you may have failed to show a service connection.
Think before you answer. Why is the question being asked? Don't add to your answer with details that weren't asked. This is like being put on trial. Most disability doctors that I have met want you to have your claim awarded. But if you mention that you are fine now to the disability Doctor, they will put this in their notes and you will be DECLINED.
That being said, ask to be evaluated for everything on this list that you have been diagnosed with. Remember, by policy, the VA Health Care system can NOT tell you about an illness that has a high probability of a rating. In fact, they can’t even help you with a submission, even though your VA Doctor is the one who diagnosed it. By VA policy,VA Disability Exam Doctors are totally separate from the VA Healthcare Doctors.
VA Disability does look at your VA medical records. If you are not in the VA Healthcare system or you are applying for something that the VA hasn't treated you for, you must get your private Doctor's notes and submit those with your application - or bring with to your disability exam (if you apply for more than one disability, then you typically will have multiple exams).
There are 112 diseases and injuries listed here. Is this all of them? No. These are the ones I could find. If you have a diagnosis that you think might be related to your service that isn't listed here, do a Google search for “VA Disability XXXXX”. That’s how I found three of mine which are included here. If you find some additional ones, please let me know.
Presumptives that have agent orange indicated after the disease does not mean other causes don't apply. It is just there to show what presumptives are available to those of us who served in Vietnam and the First Gulf War.
Secondary Conditions are extremely important. 160% of my 220% awards are secondary to my primary award. Let's say that you broke your ankle on active duty. The Military doctors put it in a cast and you were good to go. 30 years later you develop crippling arthritis in that leg. The arthritis itself doesn't qualify, but as a "Secondary Condition" it probably will.
This link will give you some more illustrations. This is for additional information only. Click this link to read about other suggestions: SECONDARY CONDITON. This is for additional information only. Don't waste money on an attorney. They don't do anything that the FREE services offer and have no better success.
There are many organizations that provide VSO (Veteran Service Officer) services for free, such as local American Legions and VFWs. In El Paso County, I recommend the El Paso County Veteran Services across from the east Costco. An appointment is required: 719-520-7750. These people are paid by the State of Colorado, are all Veterans and their only purpose is to get you your earned disability award.
VA Disability awards are benefits that you earned. These result in benefits that you, your spouse and your children deserve.
To check your potential award, go to: https://militarybenefits.info/va-disability-calculator/
1. AL Amyloidosis (from agent orange)
2. Alzheimer's Disease
4. Ankle Conditions
8. Back (Thoracolumbar Spine) Conditions
9. Back Arthritis
10. Back Pain
11. Bipolar Disorder
12. Breast Conditions and Disorders
15. Cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals or other dangers
16. Central Nervous System and Neuromuscular Diseases
17. Chloracne (from agent orange)
18. Chronic B-Cell Leukemias
19. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
22. Cranial Nerve Conditions
25. Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (from agent orange)
26. Diabetic Sensory-Motor Peripheral Neuropathy
27. Eating Disorders
28. Elbow and Forearm Conditions
29 Esophagus conditions
31. Foot conditions including flat foot
32. Gallbladder disease
34. Gynecological Conditions
35. Hand and Finger Conditions
36. Head Injury
37. Headaches (including Migraine Headaches)
38. Hearing Loss
39. Heart attack
40. Heart Disease
41. Hematologic and Lymphatic Conditions
45. High Blood Pressure
46. Hip and Thigh Conditions
47. HIV-Related Illnesses
48. Hodkin's Disease (from agent orange)
50. Infectious Diseases
51. Intestinal parasites
52. Intestines, partial removal
53. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
54. Ischemic Heart Disease (from agent orange)
55. Joint Disorder
56. Knee and Lower Leg Conditions
57. Knee Pain & Injuries
58. Loss of range of motion (problems moving your body)
59. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
60. Multiple Myeloma (from agent orange)
62. Male Reproductive Organ Conditions
63. Mental Disorders (other than PTSD)
64. Migraine Headaches
65. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
66. Muscle Cramps
67. Muscle Injuries
69. Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions
70. Neck Arthritis
71. Neck Pain
72. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (from agent orange)
73. Non-Battle Injury
74. Nutritional Deficiencies
76. Panic Disorder
77. Parkinson's Disease (from agent orange)
78. Peripheral Nerve Conditions
79. Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset (from agent orange)
80. Persian Gulf and Afghanistan Infectious Diseases
81. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (from agent orange)
82. Prostate Cancer (from agent orange)
86. Rectum and Anus Conditions
87. Renal diseases
88. Respiratory Cancers (from agent orange)
89. Respiratory Conditions
90. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
91. Rheumatoid Arthritis
92. Scar tissue
94. Seizure Disorders
95. Sexual Trauma - sexual harassment (MST)
96. Shoulder and Arm Conditions
97. Sinuses, nose, throat, larynx, and pharynx
98. Skin disease
99. Sleep Apnea
100. Sleep Disorders
101. Soft Tissue Sarcomas (from agent orange)
102. Spinal Fusion
103. Spine Disorder
104. Stomach and duodenum conditions
105. TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries)
106. Thyroid Disorder
108. Tuberculosis (TB)
110. Urinary Tract (Bladder and Urethra)
111. Varicose Veins
112. Wrist Condition
I would like to stress that just because you suffer from one of these issues, that doesn't mean you will get an award. You need to tie it to your service or to a VA doctor or hospital procedure that resulted in the diagnosis. You don't have to show negligence. Not sure if your condition is applicable? Ask your VSO.
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