VA Adds Nine Cancers to Service-Connected Disabilities

Rare respiratory cancers linked to airborne carcinogens in the field.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added nine rare respiratory cancers to their list of disabilities caused by particulate matter in military environments. In scientific studies conducted by the VA, cell carcinoma and tumors in the trachea, larynx, salivary glands, and lungs were found to be plausibly connected to airborne hazards unique to military service. Veterans with these respiratory cancers are now eligible for disability compensation.

“Last year we made promises to fundamentally change and improve how we establish and expedite presumptions — now we’re keeping them,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “We are taking a new approach to presumptives that takes all available science into account with one goal in mind, getting today’s Veterans and Vets in the decades ahead the benefits they deserve as fast as possible.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary McDonough to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the Veterans Affairs Department.
  • For the VA officials and staff as they provide care for U.S. military veterans.
  • For healing for veterans who are going to be treated due to the airborne carcinogens to which they were exposed.

Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs


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