Presumptive Service Connections in Prisoners of War

For the next few posts, we’re going to talk about presumptive service connections in the determination of Veterans Disability benefits. This means that certain disabilities are believed by the VA to be the direct result of a veteran’s military service.

Today, we’re going to highlight presumptive service connections for former prisoners of war. The VA will recognize their disability as service-connected if the veteran meets the following parameters:

He or she was a prisoner of war for any length of time with a disability percentage of at least 10% for any of the following conditions:

  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Organic residuals of frostbite
  • Post-traumatic osteoarthritis
  • Heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease and their complication
  • Stroke and its residuals

He or she was held prisoner for a period of 30 days or more with a disability rating of at least 10% for any of these conditions:

  • Avitaminosis
  • Beriberi
  • Chronic dysentery
  • Helminthiasis
  • Malnutrition (including optic atrophy)
  • Pellagra
  • Other nutritional deficiencies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits on the basis of your service-related disability or if you believe your disability was incorrectly scored, contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, today for a free consultation with an experienced veterans’ disability claims lawyer. We can offer guidance regarding your eligibility. Our experienced veterans’ disability attorneys are so confident that we can win approval of benefits for the clients we represent that we do not charge unless we’re successful.

Call the disability benefits lawyers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, toll-free at 877-526-3455 or use our online contact form. We’ll help you to overcome roadblocks in the claims process so you get the benefits you and your family deserve.

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