Recent articles about Veterans and Military Health Research

Recent articles about Veterans and Military Health Research

Recent articles about Veterans and Military Health Research

By Jerry Field    Veteran and Military Reporter

Jerry FieldCook, Lake, DuPage and Kane, plus many other Illinois counties have a Veteran Assistance Program (VAP). If you need assistance bring your DD 214 to any of VAP near you.

There is no doubt that many of our Veterans have some degree off health situations. The VA is covering all known and many to be uncovered illness . Here’s a rundown of some medical situations offering information and often assistance.

MESOTHELIOMASERVING Those That SERVED Free Newsletter Compensation for Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are currently 25 million living veterans who have served in the Armed Forces; hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service.



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The online Mesothelioma Center offers free assistance with filing VA claims and can make the process much easier.The Veterans Assistance department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma. When Seeking Compensation As is the case in practically all asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits, a claim is filed against the manufacturers of asbestos products, not employers that used asbestos products without knowledge of the hazardous effects. Aside from filing a claim against the asbestos manufacturer responsible for exposure, ailing veterans do have the legal option to seek assistance through The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Veterans are permitted to apply for VA benefits for asbestos-related diseases, but illnesses such as mesothelioma are not always recognized by the VA as a “service-connected” medical condition, which makes it extremely difficult to claim and receive benefits. The resources at offer assistance, free of cost, to veterans applying for benefits. The Mesothelioma Center has knowledgeable veterans on staff that can make the process easier and help receive benefits from the VA system.

For more information, please call 800- 615-2270.

VA Benefits Established on March 15, 1989, the VA succeeded the Veterans Administration that was founded in 1930. The VA is a government-run benefit system created for U.S. military veterans, which is responsible for administering benefit programs to veterans, their families, and survivors of veterans (collectively encompassing 74.5 million potentially eligible individuals). Benefits offered to veterans include disability compensation, pension, life insurance, home loans, education, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, and medical and burial benefits. This incredibly complex system comprises the second-largest federal department (after the Department of Defense).

Pension Insider By David Austin11/ 2018     Thanks to Davis Austin for the information

The following two programs are designed to help veterans save money, and time.

  1. The purpose of the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act allows for veterans who suffered combat injuries and who separated from the military under Honorable conditions, tax breaks.  These veterans aren’t taxed on their lump sum disability benefits, or severance payments that they may receive. For veterans who receive lump sum benefits after January 17, 1991, they’re allowed additional time to claim a credit and refund on those taxes that they may have had in the past.
  2. The Post 9/11 G-I Bill is an education benefit for active duty service members and veterans, who served in active duty after September 10, 2001. Those veterans are eligible to collect, if they served 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were Honorably discharged from active duty for a service-related disability and served at least 30 days continuously after September 10, 2001. The Post 9/11 G-I Bill is not taxable, and does not need to be declared as part of a veterans income.

How To Track Your Claim Online

This versatile VA portal allows access to your disability claim or appeal information by signing in with your DS Logon, MyHealtheVet, or account. When you gain access to the portal you can click on a link that will allow access to one of these accounts (i.e., DS Logon, MyHealthVet or Claims and appeals that can be tracked includes disability compensation, veteran or survivor pension benefits, special monthly compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, burial allowance, status of claims for VA health care, GI Bill or other education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and employment claims, home loan Certificate of Eligibility, Specially Adapted Housing or Special Housing Adaptation grant, life insurance and a pre-need determination of eligibility to be buried in a VA national cemetery.

If you have trouble gaining access to the VA portal contact your Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or veterans representative who can help you access the portal. 


From the Washington VA

Print Out Your VA Welcome Kit

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.

Feel free to share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits too. Download your VA Welcome Kit and print out copies for yourself and others:

Download your VA Welcome Kit in black and white.

Download your VA Welcome Kit in color.

Explore to learn about your benefits


File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.

Health Care

Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

Education and Training

Apply for and manage your GI Bill and other education benefits to help pay for college and training programs.

Housing Assistance

Find out if you’re eligible for VA home loan programs to help you buy, build, repair, or keep a home. If you have a service-connected disability, see if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.

Careers and Employment

Apply for vocational rehabilitation services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other career resources.

Life Insurance

Explore VA life insurance options for Veterans, Service members, and families. Manage your policy online, file claims for benefits, and access helpful resources.


Apply for monthly payments for wartime Veterans and survivors with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements.

Burials and Memorials

Get help planning a burial in a VA national cemetery, order a headstone or other memorial item to honor a Veteran’s service, and apply for survivor and dependent benefits.


Apply for a printed Veteran ID card, get your VA benefit letters and medical records, and learn how to apply for a discharge upgrade.

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Jerry Field

Dr. Jerry Field, a Korean War Veteran and native Chicagoan has a long history of service to Veterans, most recently as advocate for Veteran and Military benefits and services. He currently serves on several Veterans committees in Chicago and the State of Illinois. He is a Commander of the Jewish War Veteran (JWV) Post 710 and serves on the JWV Illinois strategic planning committee is also a member of the American Legion.

South Korean Consul General Jong kook Lee recently presented Dr. Field with the Ambassador of PeaceGold Medal.

His nonmilitary career is varied as he was a film publicist, newspaper reporter and taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology for nearly 20 years. He was an instructor for the ROTC and currently manages the JROTC program for Leadership for JWV. As Executive Director of the Chicago Veterans Coordinating Committee, his efforts are directed toward supporting Veterans and Military members to avail themselves of the benefits provided by the Veterans Administration and other service organizations.

Dr. Field holds a doctorate in education from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters in Economics and Marketing from Roosevelt University and a Leadership certification from the U S Army.

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