Veterans Administration Adds Five Ilnesses to TBI Diagnosis
by Michael Patrick Brewer on Jun. 28, 2013,
As a reminder to the families of returning veterans, the VA has placed
five additional defined illnesses to the list of conditions that may be
eligible for compensation and health care for service connected issues
related to traumatic brain injury(TBI).
Veterans who are diagnosed with Parkinsonism, unprovoked seizures, some
forms of dementias, depression and hormone deficiency illness linked to
the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands may now apply for VA
From 2000-2012 approximately 250,000 troops have been given a TBI
diagnosis, with just 81,000 being rated as service connected. This
accounts for much of the backlog that is now front page news across the
Another contributing factor to that backlog is the addition of Ischemic
Heart Disease, about six years ago, to the Agent Orange related illness.
37% of the backlog are Vietnam Veterans, many of whom are just now
getting care for exposure to Agent Orange.
This entry was posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 12:26 pm and is
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