Veterans most compensated for diabetes

According to the Veterans Administration records, ahead of hearing loss, wounds, and post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes is the most compensated disability among veterans. Officials estimate that Vietnam veterans with diabetes receive around $850 million a year.

Disability benefits awarded for diabetes are a result of the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. In 1991, as a result of suspicions that Agent Orange could cause diabetes, Congress created a system to automatically reward benefits to Vietnam veterans who suffer any ailments associated with the agent. Other ailments include prostate cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“It is our solemn responsibility to help veterans with disabilities suffered in their service to our country…That responsibility also requires us to make sure limited resources are available for those who truly need and are entitled to them,” stated Senator Daniel Akaka in reference to the VA’s recent announcement about diabetes.

If you or someone you know are looking to obtain veterans’ benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

Indiana and VA to exchange medical records

Yesterday, the Veterans Affairs Department announced that it will launch an effort to share its medical records electronically with private healthcare providers across Indiana. ┬áMembers of the Indiana Health Information Exchange will soon be able to receive veterans’ health records from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. ┬áThe IHIE includes Regenstrief Institute, “five hospital networks, insurers, local and state health departments, and thousands of private physicians”.

The efforts by the VA are a part of the Obama administration’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, or VLER, program that would create a single electronic record to manage all military veterans’ medical histories.

If you or someone you know needs to file for veterans’ affairs disability benefits, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits lawyers of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your rights.

Plans to begin phase 2 of disabled veteran training program underway

Two years ago, the Crane Learning and Employment Center in Greene County, Indiana began a program designed to help re-train disabled young veterans for work. The employment center joined forces with the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane to train them and then assist them in finding a job. The program is funded by several organizations including Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the McCormick Foundation of Chicago. It has, thus far, helped approximately 60 veterans and their families adjust to civilian life. The successful program has drawn attention from high-ranking officials in the Navy who believe that the project is now ready to expand.

Phase two of the project begins in January and is expected to last two years. One of the main focuses of phase two is to stretch out their services more widely so that they can help more people in more areas. The center hopes to find new employment opportunities for veterans throughout the Indianapolis area.

If you or someone you know is a disabled veteran, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, P.C. by calling (800) 520-3633.

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