Why was I denied DIC benefits related to Parkinson’s Disease?

A client came to my office and asked "why was I denied DIC benefits related to Parkinson's Disease?"

The answer was you filed two months to soon.

Agent Orange: Parkinson's Disease
On August 31, 2010, VA published its final regulation* recognizing Veterans' Parkinson’s disease as associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service. The Congressional Review Act requires a 60-day review period before this new regulation is implemented. After the review period, eligible Veterans may receive health care and disability compensation for Parkinson’s disease.

This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjudication regulations concerning presumptive service connection for certain diseases based upon the most recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine committee report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008 (Update 2008). This amendment is necessary to implement the decision of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that there is a positive association between exposure to certain herbicides and the subsequent development of hairy cell leukemia and other chronic B-cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, and ischemic heart disease. The effect of this amendment is to establish presumptive service connection for these diseases based on herbicide exposure.
Therefore, if you previously applied for VA benefits and were denied, you may want to reconsider now, especially if you were in Vietnam.
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