Veterans Report — March 2022

Fellow Veterans of Local Union 11,

In February of this year (2022), The Veterans Administration proposed changes to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, for conditions related to respiratory, auditory and mental disorders. The proposed updates to the rating schedule for these conditions will enable the Veterans Administration to incorporate modern medical data and terminology to help provide veterans with more accurate and consistent decisions regarding their disability ratings.

Additionally, burn pits were a common military operation practice in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas of Southwest Asia. If you, as a veteran, were exposed to burn pits and have an illness or condition related to in-service exposure, you should file a claim for VA benefits.

On a final note, if you served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and you are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, due to the 3M military hearing protection that was issued, you are also entitled to fill out a survey form to determine if you meet the requirements for compensation. Just google 3M Hearing Protection Lawsuit.

Mike Kufchak
Director of Veteran Affairs

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