Va Compensation For Prostrate Cancer

July 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status, responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors, which include disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits.

In 1991, the US government established the Agent Orange Act, which expressly determined the positive association between exposure to Agent Orange herbicides and the development of mostly prostate cancer. To that end, veterans who served between January ’62 and May ’75 and subsequently developed prostate malignant cancer are entitled to disability compensation, no matter when the disease appears. Mandated to enforce this ruling, the VA has a compensation rating system based on the percentage of disability with the following key points:

· Upon the diagnosis of prostate cancer a rating of 100% is assigned.
· The rating of 100% continues until 6 months have elapsed from the end of surgical, X-ray, chemotherapy, or any other therapeutic procedure.
· After the 6 months have elapsed, a mandatory VA examination takes place.
· The rating going forward depends on the results of this exam.
· If there has been no local recurrence or metastasis of the prostate tumor, the rate of residual payments will depend on the degree, if present, of either voiding dysfunction or renal dysfunction.

Military Veterans who served in Korea in between ’68 or ’69 generally also qualify for this. There are in fact ten other diseases that are included in this cover (including chloracne, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda or PCT, multiple myeloma, respiratory cancers, and so on), but essentially, it is presumed that veterans have been exposed to Agent Orange if they were “in country”; so that there is now no deadline by which the prostate cancer must be diagnosed following Vietnam service.

To apply, the veteran simply has to submit a disability compensation application (VA Form 21-526) once he has been diagnosed with prostate kind of cancer. If this is done before treatment commences, he may get a 100% disability rating for 6 months or longer; submission after treatment is completed usually would bring a reduced disability rating due to side effects like incontinence, erectile dysfunction and such. And should the disease recur afterward, he gets another 100% disability rating. Whoever said Uncle Sam never cared for his own?

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