Afghanistan War Symptoms

Afghanistan War Symptoms

Afghanistan War Disability Attorneys

Known under the umbrella of Afghanistan War Syndrome – and covered under the broader category of Gulf War Syndrome – both acute and chronic symptoms like cognitive problems, rashes, respiratory illnesses, fatigue, and muscle pain, among others, are linked to exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Afghanistan War.

Berry Law can help.

Berry Law is a veterans-serving-veterans team of attorneys who are dedicated to helping veterans of the Afghanistan War get the VA benefits and compensation they need if they are suffering from illnesses related to military service in the war. We serve veterans across the nation.

How Berry Law Can Help Veterans of the Afghanistan War

You fought during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for the same reason that you joined the military. You chose to do whatever was required of you to protect and defend the United States from enemies here and abroad.

If you were injured or are suffering from health issues or diseases related to your service in the Afghanistan War, now the country you served owes you something in return.

Berry Law wants to help you get the VA benefits you deserve for health problems related to your military service. The majority of team members at Berry Law are veterans just like you.

We are committed to serving veterans across the country, so they can receive the veteran’s benefits and compensation they are entitled to.

Contact us today online or by phone to schedule a free consultation about your right to VA disability benefits in connection to your service in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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Types of Exposure During the Afghanistan War

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a public health report about the risks of exposure that Afghanistan War veterans may have experienced during Operation Enduring Freedom. These exposures may cause severe, long-term health problems including injuries and diseases.

Examples of the exposures include:

  • Depleted uranium
  • Burn Pits
  • Toxic embedded fragments
  • Infectious diseases
  • Rabies
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Sand, dust, and particulates
  • Occupational hazards

If you were exposed to any of these during your service as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, please contact Berry Law today by phone or online for a free consultation about your potential right to VA benefits

Symptoms of Afghanistan War Exposures

Symptoms of these exposures may include the following:

  • Depleted uranium –
    Depleted uranium may cause health problems if it enters the body through an embedded fragment, inhalation, contaminated wounds, or ingestion. Depleted uranium, unlike most chemical agents, never exits the body. Afghanistan War veterans who have high concentrations of depleted uranium may experience serious kidney problems.
  • Burn pits –
    Inhaling the smoke from military waste disposal burn pits during Operation Enduring Freedom may have exposed Afghanistan War veterans who were close to the burn pits for extended periods of time to toxins that are causing health problems with their respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems, as well as their eyes and internal organs.
  • Toxic embedded fragments –
    Some Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffered blast injuries that left shrapnel embedded in their bodies. Imbedded shrapnel may cause serious health issues, including the initial impact injury and illnesses arising from toxic chemicals that entered the bloodstream.
  • Infectious diseases –
    Afghanistan War veterans may have been exposed to infectious diseases during their service.

    Examples include:
    • Malaria
    • Brucellosis
    • Campylobacter Jejuni
    • Coxiella Burnetii (Q Fever)
    • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
    • Nontyphoidal Salmoneela
    • Shigella
    • Visceral Leishmaniasis
    • West Nile Virus
    • Rabies
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) –
    Afghanistan War veterans may have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) due to explosions during the war. Immediate symptoms include confusion, no memory of the blast, dizziness, flashes of light, and loss of consciousness or the sensation of being knocked out. Long-term symptoms include light and noise sensitivity, chronic headaches and neck pain, chronic depression, anxiety, and apathy, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, blurred vision, concentration and organizational problems, and slowed thinking, speaking, and reading.
  • Sand, dust, and particulates –
    The environment in Afghanistan, because of its climate and terrain, is full of pollution, dust, sand, and other airborne particles. It’s highly likely that veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom were exposed to significant amounts of airborne particulate matter. Large particles are generally not long-term problems, but fine particles can fill the lungs and airways and cause severe respiratory problems. Symptoms include a runny nose, coughing, skin, eyes, nose, and throat irritation, and shortness of breath.
  • Occupational hazards –
    Afghanistan War veterans may have had exposure to hazardous chemicals or environmental factors because of their service. Symptoms can range from skin irritations, nose irritations, and eye irritations to more severe problems such as respiratory diseases, poisoning, and even death.

For Afghanistan War veterans in Operation Enduring Freedom who were exposed to environmental and chemical hazards and who were affected immediately or who have developed long-term injuries, diseases, and health problems as a direct result of that exposure may be qualified for disability benefits from the VA.

If you believe you are entitled to disability compensation through the VA because of exposure during your participation in Operation Enduring Freedom during the Afghanistan War, please contact Berry Law for a free consultation today.

Types of VA Disability Claims for Afghanistan Veterans

Our experience shows that the types of claims that veterans most often successfully appeal involve:

Other types of claims we investigate for Afghanistan Veterans

Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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