VA Letter Addresses Burn Pits In Iraq and Afghanistanby Michael Patrick Brewer on May. 08, 2010, under Politics, Veteran Legislative Update, Veteran Pals, Veterans Global, Veterans' Spouses, Partners & Families
By Kelly Kennedy – Staff writer
Friday May 7, 2010 10:33:48 EDT
A new 30-page Veterans Affairs Department training letter outlines a new policy for VA regional offices to use in determining benefits for veterans who have been exposed to , including burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This marks the first time in its history that VA has addressed potential battlefield exposures while the troops remained in the combat zone, as well as the first time VA sent out guidance about a potential war-related health issue without it a congressional mandate or a recommendation from a large .
The letter, with the subject line, “Environmental Hazards in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Military Installations,” went out in late April to all VA regional offices, signed by Brad Mayes, director of VA’s compensation and pension service.“Service members can be exposed to environmental hazards in the course of their military duties, which may result in adverse,” the letter states.
“Numerous environmental hazards in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military installations that could potentially present health risks to service members and veterans have been identified.”For more on what the letter means for service members and veterans, look for the issues of the Military Times newspapers, on newsstands .
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