The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs automatically presumes that certain veterans qualify for benefits under specific circumstances. These instances include:
- Former prisoners of war;
- Veterans with chronic or tropical diseases that become evident after discharge from service;
- Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite;
- Veterans exposed to herbicides, especially while serving in Vietnam; and
- Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.
An attorney can help veterans who automatically qualify for benefits under these circumstances apply to the program and start getting the benefits that the government owes them.