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Glioblastoma/Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma/Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma Multiforme is a type of central nervous system (CNS) malignant brain tumor often associated with exposure to Agent Orange during service in the Vietnam War, in Thailand, in the Korean peninsula demilitarized zone (DMZ), or on a Blue Water Navy ship. According to VA, more than 500 Vietnam-era Veterans have been diagnosed with Glioblastoma at a VA healthcare facility.

 

In addition, more recent statistics show that over 2,000 post-9/11 Veterans have developed brain cancer, however, the true scope of the tumors remains unknown because VA’s count only includes those receiving their medical treatment from a VA facility, and not those who pursue treatment elsewhere.

VA Does Not Link Glioblastoma to Agent Orange

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

 

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 and therefore it is not currently 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.

 

Bergmann & Moore understands what it takes to win Glioblastoma claims and has had great success helping Veterans and surviving spouses get VA benefits for this condition.

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Burn Pit Exposure

Bergmann & Moore recognizes that many veterans from the Gulf War era, Operating Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) may have been exposed to hazardous materials that were burned as a form of waste management.

Agent Orange Exposure

One specific disease, Glioblastoma Multiforme, is a type of malignant brain tumor, often found in veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during service. However, VA has not yet acknowledged that these tumors are due to Agent Orange exposure and therefore they are not on VA’s presumptive list. Sadly, when a veteran passes away from a non-presumptive condition such as Glioblastoma, their surviving spouse is often unable to obtain benefits on their own.

Dependency and Indemnity Claims

Bergmann & Moore recognizes that many veterans from the Gulf War era, Operating Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) may have been exposed to hazardous materials that were burned as a form of waste management.

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