Read more about atomic veterans here: In this video, Woods & Woods VA disability attorney Zack …
– Did your specialty in the military
put you at an increased
risk of radiation exposure?
If so, you may be an atomic veteran.
My name's Zack Evans. I'm a VA
disability benefits attorney
with Woods and Woods Attorneys
in Evansville, Indiana.
We're a nationwide law firm
that represents veterans
in VA disability cases.
We've discussed in several
videos the dangers and impacts
of different kinds of toxic exposures.
Most of those have related
to chemical exposure.
We want to pivot now to a
different type of exposure
and that's nuclear radiation.
I have a personal link to
this topic, as my grandfather
served in the marines
in the South Pacific.
The last part of his
combat tour was in Nagasaki
after the United States
dropped the second atomic bomb.
He died of cancer in 2006.
Occupational forces in Japan at the end
of the Second World War were
not the only service members
that were exposed to radiation.
POWs in Japan, test site
workers in the Nevada desert
and on a myriad number
of atolls in the Pacific
were at an elevated risk.
Underground testing was done
on Amchitka island, Alaska.
Veterans who served there
until the end of 1973
were at an elevated risk as well.
Veterans who spent at least 250 days
before February 1st 1992
at gaseous diffusion plants
in Paducah, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio
or K25 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
are also considered atomic veterans.
Atomic veterans are entitled to
presumptive service connection
for cancers of the bile duct,
bone, brain, breast, colon,
esophagus, gallbladder,
and liver but not if cirrhosis
or hep. B is present,
pancreas, pharynx, ovary,
salivary gland, small intestine,
stomach, thyroid, urinary
tract including kidney, pelvis,
bladder and urethra, leukemia
excluding chronic lymphocytic,
lymphomas excluding Hodgkin's,
and multiple myeloma.
That's a lot of ailments
that are presumptively
service-connected to that type of service.
And that type of atomic exposure.
If you're an atomic vet,
and have endured one of these conditions,
your cancer is to be service-connected
on a presumptive basis.
If you're a surviving spouse,
your loved-one's cause of death
is presumed related to service.
Other conditions which are not subject
to presumptive service connection
but can still be proven
with a medical nexus
are other types of cancers
not previously listed.
Non-malignant thyroid nodular
disease, parathyroid adenoma,
posterior subcapsular cataracts,
tumors of the brain and
central nervous system.
These can be won as well,
but the connection is not presumed.
So a professional medical
opinion will be necessary.
Also, this is not an exhaustive list.
You just have to make sure
there is a scientific link
between exposure and your condition.
One of the more interesting
cases that I worded
in relation to radiation exposure
was for the widow of a
former X-ray technician.
We combed his file for
his assignment dates
and for his approximate number of X-rays
that he did in a given amount of time.
Multiply that by the amount of
time that he spent in service
and we were able to come up with a range
of possible dosage amounts.
We supplied that range to
an Oncologist who was able
to finally tailor the rational
for his medical report.
Based on what this veteran's
particular dosage amounts were.
And that was the difference
in this veteran's case.
The reason this is important
is because so many veterans
who have been exposed to atomic radiation
are now in advanced age.
And that genetic damage that
was done to them over time
has gotten worse and is proliferating.
This is the cause of their cancer.
If you have experienced
a cancer of this sort,
or if your loved-on has
and you've lost them,
give us a call. We'd love to help you.
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