VA adds new presumptives for mid-east and Afghanistan veterans

The VA announced an “enhanced” policy of processing burn pit and Afghanistan veterans with respiratory illnesses related to particulate matter. Namely asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis. See



The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas – if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.
I think this is the major step in the VA finally taking their head out of the sand and recognizing the next-coming of Agent Orange. It’s a first step, but it is a step in the right direction.