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Glioblastoma and Agent Orange

Glioblastoma – Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma Multiforme is a type of malignant brain tumor often found in veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during service in the Vietnam War, in Thailand, or the Korean peninsula demilitarized zone (DMZ).

When a veteran learns about a Glioblastoma diagnosis, thoughts turn to obtaining prompt and quality medical care.  During that difficult time, ill Veterans and their loved ones soon begin asking questions about how to apply for and receive disability and survivor benefits from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA Reports 500 Glioblastoma Diagnoses

Due to a recent high-profile Glioblastoma patient in the news, there is a tremendous amount of new interest regarding Glioblastoma.  According to VA, more than 500 Vietnam-era veterans have been diagnosed with Glioblastoma at a VA facility.

However, the true scope of the number of ill Veterans remains unknown because VA’s count excludes veterans who obtained care outside of VA.

VA Doesn’t Link Glioblastoma to Agent Orange

Veterans face a tough fight with VA because VA has not yet acknowledged that these serious brain tumors are due to Agent Orange or dioxin exposure.  That’s because Glioblastoma is not on VA’s presumptive list of conditions where VA automatically grants service connection.

Sadly, when a veteran has passed away from a non-presumptive condition such as Glioblastoma, their surviving spouse is often unable to obtain VA benefits on their own, such as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).  The veteran’s death makes the filing and winning a DIC claim challenge more difficult.

However, in August 2017, there was renewed support in Congress to add Glioblastoma as a presumptive condition.  VA plans to announce a decision about adding one or more conditions to the Agent Orange presumptive list in November 2017.

Bergmann & Moore in Action

Understanding VA’s complex rules for Glioblastoma and then submitting all of the paperwork can be a challenge for surviving family members, especially when it comes to finding medical evidence for a veteran who has died.

Bergmann & Moore has had great success helping veterans or surviving spouses get VA benefits for Glioblastoma claims.

Please read about how Bergmann & Moore was successful in winning a DIC case for a widow where a Veteran died due to Glioblastoma.

Free Glioblastoma Claim Consultation

Bergmann & Moore remains dedicated to helping veterans and surviving spouses obtain benefits from VA.  If you filed a Glioblastoma claim that was denied by VA, then Bergmann & Moore may be able to assist you with this type of complex claim appeal.  Please contact Bergmann & Moore for a FREE consultation.

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