New Ruling Supports Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease

By Allyse Falce

On January 12 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made it easier for certain former service members with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to receive disability benefits. The decision applies to individuals who were exposed to contaminants at Camp Lejeune and later developed PD.

The Foundation’s Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, comprising representatives from state, regional and national PD organizations who gather field-wide input on community policy priorities, sent a letter to the VA last October advocating in support of this decision.

This change will widen access to benefits that can improve quality of life, and it acknowledges evidence linking environmental exposures to Parkinson’s disease.

Read the Council’s letter to the VA.

Learn more about the VA’s decision.

Source: Fox Feed Blog

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