Forward Observer: Hope Resurfaces for the Blue Water Navy Bill

May 10, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Is there some good news on the horizon now that our legislators have found a way to pay for it? We are talking about H.R. 299 (Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017), which passed out of House Veterans Affairs Committee on 8 May. There is a long way to go, but in the past this bill has been killed in this committee. Read the rest of this entry »

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LVMAC Tidbit: Camp Lejeune VA Health and Disability Benefits

February 24, 2018

VA LogoWere you or a family member stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987?  You may have been exposed to chemicals in the drinking water. In this video, the Secretary of the VA describes the health care benefits available. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Should You Be On The “Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit” Registry?

February 17, 2018

You may not be aware of the fact that the VA maintains an “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry” to allow eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire.  Like its cousin, the Agent Orange Registry, it is often the first step towards VA long-term healthcare; and also in recognizing service related illnesses and diseases, to include making some presumptive.  Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: What Does December 31, 2021 Mean To You?

February 17, 2018

VA LogoIf you are a Gulf War Veteran, know this date:  December 31, 2021.  On 24 October 2017, the VA made its final ruling on the extension of the deadline for Gulf War veterans to receive disability benefits for certain presumptive conditions:  December 31, 2021. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer — Regulation on Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Drinking Water Presumptive Conditions Under Review.

September 16, 2016

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Finally on 9 September, after waiting nine months since the announcement it would do so and after announcing in August it was extending the period of consideration, the VA announced it has published proposed regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases affecting military members [and others] exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — The Other Kind of Invisible Wound of War: Genetic Injury?

September 1, 2014

Among the wounds of war are those brought home by the troops of the Vietnam War is one that has received scant attention over the years – genetic injuries to their progeny. And now, it seems, genetic injuries are being passed on to their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — VA Announces Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry!

July 1, 2014

HOC Official Logo 2013Long awaited, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently and relatively silently launched its airborne hazards and burn pit registry on its mobile health website only (as of this writing),  https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/#page/home.  The registry is intended to be an epidemiological research tool with examinations helping to enhance VA’s understanding of any identified long-term adverse health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment —ultimately leading to better health care. Read the rest of this entry »


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