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For first time, some burn pit victims will get presumptive status for disability benefits | Military Times

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Veterans who were exposed to dangerous burn pit smoke while serving in certain overseas war zones will get disability benefits according to a new announcement by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Immediately, the move will only cover veterans who suffer from asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis, who manifested those diseases within 10 years of their overseas service. For now, the benefits do not apply to those who have any of the rare cancers numerous veterans have stated can be linked to burn pit exposure. Presumptive benefits allow soldiers to forgo many of the exams and paperwork normally necessary to apply for aid. The areas and time periods covered are the “Southwest Asia theater of operations (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and more) from August 1990 to the present and Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti from Sept. 19, 2001 to the present.”

Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2021/08/02/for-first-time-some-burn-pit-victims-will-get-presumptive-status-for-disability-benefits/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2008.03.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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