If you are a veteran living with Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible for certain benefits. PAN works to ensure that veterans who have Parkinson’s disease as a result of their military service receive the benefits they are entitled to.
Traumatic Brain Injury
In December 2012, the VA issued a proposed rule  to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including parkinsonism , dementia, and depression, which have been linked to moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. PAN and many PAN advocates submitted comments  in support of the proposed rule. The final rule is expected in April 2014.
In 2010, the VA recognized Parkinson’s disease as associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service in Vietnam. Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who served in-country or on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides.
Vietnam veterans may apply for disability compensation for Parkinson’s disease using the VA’s Fast Track Claims Processing System . You can learn more about the disability benefit claims process here.
Surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents of veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of Parkinson’s may be eligible for survivors' benefits .
To learn more, go to the Agent Orange Parkinson’s Disease website  or call the Special Health Issues Toll-Free Helpline at 1-800-749-8387.
For more information on benefits, download this fact sheet .