VA Fails to Compensate Veterans Exposed to Mustard Gas During World War II
NPR recently aired a story that discussed the VA’s failure to compensate many veterans who were exposed to mustard gas during World War II. In the 1990’s, the VA agreed to locate the veterans who had been subjected to extreme exposure of mustard gas during World War II and to compensate them for their injuries. An NPR investigation recently discovered that since then, only about 610 men have been contacted, which is only about 15% of all veterans exposed. To be eligible for compensation, veterans must have at least one of the illnesses on the VA’s approved list and must be able to prove exposure. NPR’s investigation found that many of the veterans who meet both these requirements have still been denied benefits. The VA has responded to NPR’s report by stating that they are “prepared to assist any Veteran or survivor who contacts [the VA] in determining their entitlement to benefits.” Additionally, the VA has added that if NPR is willing to share the list of Veterans identified in the investigation, the VA will try to contact those individuals and ensure that they are receiving compensation for their injuries. Hopefully these veterans will finally receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Category: Veterans Law