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Toxic Exposure in the Skies

by | Feb 1, 2024 | Veterans Disability Benefits |

In the world of aviation, those who serve in the military often find themselves exposed to various occupational hazards. Among these, exposure to jet fuels can have lasting health implications. This blog explores the process of obtaining VA service connection for conditions related to jet fuel exposure, sheds light on the challenges veterans may face, and details the steps they can take to secure the benefits they deserve.

Military personnel involved in aviation operations, such as aircraft mechanics, pilots, and ground support crews, may come into contact with jet fuels. These fuels contain harmful chemicals, such as Benzene. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can lead to various health conditions. Common symptoms include respiratory issues, skin disorders, and neurological problems.

To be eligible for benefits, Veterans need to provide evidence of their exposure to jet fuels during their military service. This may include service records, deployment history, or occupational specialty details. Connecting the exposure to jet fuels with the development of specific health conditions is crucial. Medical opinions linking the exposure to the current condition play a significant role in this step.

Common Health Conditions Linked to Jet Fuel Exposure:

  1. Respiratory Disorders: Inhalation of jet fuel fumes can lead to respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, or other lung conditions.
  2. Skin Disorders: Contact with jet fuels may cause skin irritation, dermatitis, or more severe conditions.
  3. Neurological Problems: Certain chemicals in jet fuels are associated with neurological disorders, including neuropathy and cognitive impairments.

Securing VA service connection for conditions related to jet fuel exposure requires a thorough understanding of the process and the ability to provide compelling evidence. Veterans facing these challenges should seek guidance from qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys to help navigate the complexities of the VA system and ensure they receive the benefits they deserve. If you have a claim for disability and need assistance, please call our office and speak with one of our Veterans’ Disability attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping injured and disabled Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve.  If you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama.



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