The Coast Guard is part of the military, and Coast Guardsmen are eligible for the same disability benefits as members of any other branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not know that Coast Guard veterans are eligible for VA benefits, and a few who are certain that they aren’t. One reason for the misconception is that the Coast Guard normally operates under the Department of Homeland Security, rather than the Department of Defense (DOD). But, it can conduct military operations under the DOD or directly for the President. An experienced VA disability attorney can help you get the maximum disability compensation that you are entitled to.
Coast Guard Disabilities
Coast Guard veterans are at higher risk of developing certain types of disabilities, due to their work environment. Working on ships and in shipyards creates an elevated risk of developing respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, and other respiratory conditions caused by toxic exposure.
Coast Guard veterans who served in certain areas of Vietnam are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange.
Of course, members of the Coast Guard are subject to the many hazards common to both combat and non-combat military service. For instance, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a very common occupational disease for Coast Guards personnel.
Claiming Your Coast Guard Disability Benefits
If you are one of the many disabled Coast Guard veterans who has not claimed your benefits, or if someone you love is struggling with PTSD, the effects of traumatic brain injury, or another service-connected disability and you don’t know where to turn, help is available. A free initial consultation with an experienced VA disability lawyer can help you get on your way to receiving the benefits you have earned.
Please, do not put it off any longer. Please call an experienced VA disability attorney today.