Diabetes mellitus – also known as “Type II” or “adult onset” diabetes – is a growing health issue among U.S. veterans. In fact, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) listed type II diabetes as one of the most prevalent disability claims among compensation recipients. Like other VA disabilities, to receive disability compensation, a veteran’s diabetes type II diagnosis must be proven to be connected to his or her service in the Armed Forces, via a letter – or “nexus” – from an expert or physician citing that the condition is “more likely than not” connected to military service. If the diabetes is diagnosed while on active duty, or within a year of his or her Expiration of Term of Service (ETS), it may be easier to make the connection.

To prevail on a disability claim a veteran must prove that they are currently diagnosed with the condition and then show that the condition arose from an event or injury in service. Sometimes, the diabetes claim can be proven by presumptive service connection if the veteran served in Vietnam. Space will not allow for the extensive discussion to prove service in Vietnam. For purposes of this blog, service in Vietnam (or other areas where herbicides were used ie: Thailand, Korea, etc.) may result in presumptive service connection. That is why it is important to speak to an attorney well versed in VA disability law to see if your diabetes can qualify you for VA disability benefits.

To learn more contact our diabetes experts at 855-312-5575 or email us at info@VetDefender.com.