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VA Benefits for Jet Fuel Exposure

VA Benefits for Jet Fuel Exposure

Jet Fuel Exposure Left Many Vietnam Vets Suffering From Long-Term Conditions.

During the Vietnam War, exposure to JP-4 jet fuel was widespread, as jet fuel was frequently combined with the powerful herbicide Agent Orange to destroy crops throughout the war. Agent Orange is now widely known to have long-term adverse effects on those exposed to it. On top of that, JP-4 jet fuel exposure can cause serious health problems, and many Vietnam veterans suffer due to exposure to the substance, along with the herbicide it was combined with. 

After the Vietnam War, Many Soldiers Faced Exposure to Other Forms of Jet Fuel.

Jet fuel exposure continued to be a common issue for those serving in the military long after the Vietnam War. Other forms of jet fuel came into play after the use of JP-4 fuel in Vietnam, which were also toxic and could cause long-term health problems. If you are a Veteran and came into contact with jet fuel, you may be suffering from symptoms of jet fuel exposure, even years after your service. Fortunately, jet fuel exposure can make you eligible to receive disability benefits from the VA. These benefits can help you get the financial resources you need to take care of yourself and your family, even if your condition keeps you from working.

In this post, we’ll talk about the symptoms of exposure to jet fuel and the toxic herbicide it was often combined with, Agent Orange. We’ll also discuss how you can receive disability benefits for service-related exposure to these toxic substances. You shouldn’t have to suffer from the long-term effects of jet fuel exposure without getting the help that you need. At Berry Law Firm, we’re committed to helping our fellow veterans get the support they deserve from the VA, including the many veterans who are suffering from the long-term effects of jet fuel exposure.

What Are the Effects of Jet Fuel Exposure?

Exposure to jet fuel can have devastating long-term effects. Below are a few of the diseases that are linked to jet fuel exposure. If you are a veteran suffering from one of these diseases and can connect your condition to your military service, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the VA.

Jet Fuel Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease

One disease that is directly connected to jet fuel exposure is Parkinson’s disease. This is because of the presence of hydrocarbons in jet fuel, which is a significant factor in many Parkinson’s cases. Symptoms of Parkinson’s can make it extremely difficult to work and can make simple tasks nearly impossible, as the disease affects the central nervous system and inhibits movement control. Parkinson’s disease resulting from the hydrocarbons in jet fuel often manifests earlier than other causes of the disease, making the condition unexpectedly prevalent for younger veterans.

When a veteran has been exposed to jet fuel and develops Parkinson’s, the VA will generally recognize the condition as a service-related disability. If you can verify that your Parkinson’s developed due to exposure to jet fuel, the VA will provide you disability benefits. One of the most important steps to take to get disability benefits for Parkinson’s from the VA is to have significant medical evidence. Once a connection has been established between your case of Parkinson’s and your military service, the VA will see your application for disability benefits as legitimate.

Another important consideration to make if you are a veteran suffering from Parkinson’s is that your symptoms may worsen over time. It’s not pleasant to think about, but Parkinson’s can often progress and become more severe, meaning that it may become even more challenging to work. If your Parkinson’s symptoms worsen, make sure to apply to have your disability rating reevaluated by the VA. If service-related Parkinson’s disease has made it harder or even impossible for you to work, the VA may be willing to grant you a 100% disability rating. 

Jet Fuel Exposure and Neurological Problems

Exposure to jet fuel has been linked to multiple neurological problems, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, and decreases in cognitive functioning. If exposure to jet fuel while serving in the military has affected you mentally, you can receive significant disability benefits from the VA.

Like Parkinson’s disease, neurological diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s often progress and worsen over time. Veterans suffering from these diseases can become eligible for more support from the VA as symptoms worsen and cognitive functioning become more impaired. If you are a veteran suffering from any impairment of cognitive functioning and can verify that there is a connection between your condition and exposure to jet fuel, the VA will be able to grant you disability benefits.

Psychological issues are often inaccurately assessed by the VA. If the VA gives an inaccurate rating, a veteran will receive fewer benefits for their disability than they deserve. At Berry Law, we’re committed to helping veterans get the support they deserve from the VA – we don’t want any Veteran to be short-changed or left without resources that are crucial for their lives and the lives of their families. If you have received a disability rating for issues related to service-related jet fuel exposure and suspect that it is too low, we can help you appeal to the VA to get your rating changed.

What Are the Effects of Agent Orange Exposure?

Agent Orange is a powerful and toxic herbicide that was used in the Vietnam War to destroy foliage concealment and enemy crops. The herbicide was often used in conjunction with jet fuel to make its destructive properties even more powerful. However, exposure to Agent Orange, along with jet fuel, has left many Vietnam vets with long-term health issues, including degenerative diseases.

A degenerative disease often causes a person’s condition to worsen as time passes. This means that a service-related degenerative disease will make a veteran eligible for a higher disability rating as their condition progresses. If your disability rating has remained unchanged, but your condition has worsened, it is crucial to get the VA to reevaluate your rating. Support from an experienced attorney can be extremely helpful in navigating this process. We can help you avoid being short-changed by the VA by helping you to make the VA’s rules and regulations work for you, not against you.

Agent Orange Exposure Was Extremely Common for Soldiers in Vietnam.

If you served in Vietnam between January 9th, 1962, and May 7th, 1975, the VA considers you eligible to receive benefits for service-related exposure to Agent Orange. In addition, the VA will also presume Agent Orange exposure in any veterans who served around the Korean demilitarized zone between April 1st, 1968 and August 31st, 1971. If you were in any way involved with piloting or maintaining the aircraft that sprayed Agent Orange herbicide, you could also have presumed exposure to Agent Orange acknowledged by the VA.

Agent Orange and Degenerative Diseases

Exposure to this toxic herbicide has been connected to multiple forms of cancer and other degenerative diseases in veterans. Lung cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma are among the most common forms of cancer linked to exposure to Agent Orange. These cancers can progressively worsen over time, often making it impossible for a veteran to maintain a job. If you are in treatment for cancer that has been linked to exposure to Agent Orange, you are highly likely to receive a high disability rating from the VA. 

As is the case with jet fuel exposure, Agent Orange is also linked to Parkinson’s disease. As another degenerative disease, the symptoms of Parkinson’s often progress and worsen over the years, which can lead to the VA’s rating of a veteran’s disability status becoming inaccurate over time. While the VA will reevaluate and raise a disability rating based on worsening symptoms in many cases, they sometimes will still rate inaccurately. In these situations, it is best to get the help of an attorney who can help you navigate the appeals process.

Do You Qualify for Higher Benefits? 

If you are suffering from a degenerative disease due to exposure to jet fuel or Agent Orange, you may be eligible to receive much higher benefits than you are currently getting. Our team of attorneys is ready and able to help you make a strong case to the VA that they should raise your disability rating. A higher rating means that you can better support yourself and your family, even if your condition is making it impossible for you to work. At Berry Law Firm, we know how important an accurate disability rating can be for veterans, and we want to do everything we can to help you get yours.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236351/

https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2018/vietnam-korea-agent-orange-benefits

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/agent-orange

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

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