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Federal Decision Affects Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury Claims

York County military veterans with a past claim of service-related traumatic brain injury should contact the York County Department of Veterans Affairs to help them pursue potential benefits in light of a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted relief to more than 24,000 veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015.

His decision allows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer new TBI examinations to veterans whose initial examination for TBI was not conducted by one of four designated medical specialists. It also provides veterans with the opportunity to have their TBI claims reprocessed.

The VA will mail letters offering re-examination and reprocessing of claims conducted by unqualified examiners. Veterans will have one year from the date of the letter to complete the re-examination and reprocess their claims.

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging local veterans with a past disability claim for TBI to contact the office or visit with another accredited service officer to review their case files and help reprocess their claims. There is never any cost to work with an accredited service officer.

“Even though affected veterans will receive a letter from the federal government regarding this relief, they should still connect with an accredited service officer to help guide them through the process,” said York County Veterans Affairs Director Terry Gendron. “Accredited service officers with access to VA systems can review examinations of record and validate or question VA decisions.”

Veterans interested in contacting the York County Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance can send an email to yorkvet@yorkcountypa.gov or call (717) 771-9218.

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