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MI LEGIONNAIRE DŝĐŚŝŐĂŶ>ĞŐŝŽŶŶĂŝƌĞΘtŽůǀĞƌŝŶĞƵdžŝůŝĂŝƌĞsŽů͘>yyy///EŽ͘ϰ KĸĐŝĂůWƵďůŝĐĂƟŽŶŽĨdŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ>ĞŐŝŽŶĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚŽĨDŝĐŚŝŐĂŶͲǁǁǁ͘ŵŝĐŚŝŐĂŶůĞŐŝŽŶ͘ŽƌŐͲ:EhZzͬ&&#1c;ZhZzϮϬϭϱ VETERAN SERVICES SPECIAL EDITON than dishonorable conditions. Ac-by cold temperatures, such tive service means full-time service, as during the Battle of the other than active duty for training, Bulge? as a member of the Army, Navy, Air • Do you think you were ex-Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, posed to odorless, poison-or as a commissioned officer of the ous gas used during combat Public Health Service, Environ-in World War I and II? mental Science Service Adminis-tration or National Oceanic and Are you a Korean War Veteran? Atmospheric Administration, or • Did you participate in cer-its predecessor, the Coast Geodetic tain radiation-risk activities, Survey. such as nuclear weapons Dishonorable and bad con-testing, during military ser-duct discharges issued by general vice? These Veterans may court-martials may bar VA Bene-be informally referred to as fits. Veterans in prison must con-“Atomic Veterans”. Health tact the VA to determine eligibility. care services include an VA Benefits will not be provided to Ionizing Radiation Regis-any Veteran or dependent wanted try health exam and clin-for an outstanding felony warrant. ical treatment at VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Certain VA Benefits require War-Study Centers. You may General Eligibility for Veterans time Service also be entitled to disabili-Eligibility for most VA Bene-• Aug. 2, 1990 to today ty compensation benefits if fits is based upon discharge from (Gulf War / War On Terror-you have certain cancers as active military service under other ism) a result of your participation • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, in a radiation-risk activity 1990 (Panama) during military service. • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, • Did you serve in or near the 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) Korean demilitarized zone • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 anytime between April 1, (Vietnam War) 1968 and August 31, 1971? • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, You may have been exposed 1955 (Korean War) to Agent Orange. • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 How Veterans may have had cold (World War II) • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, injuries • Veterans may have been ex-1918 (World War I) posed to extreme cold with-Are you a World War II Veteran? out adequate protection • Do you suffer from hearing during: loss due to your service? • World War II: The Battle of • Were you exposed to radi-the Bulge, fought in Decem-ation? Exposures at Hiro-ber 1944 through January shima and Nagasaki, Japan 1945 under conditions of and health problems from extreme cold harmful radiation. • Korean War: The Chosin • Did you have exposure Reservoir Campaign, con-from working with chemi-ducted from October 1950 cals, paints, and machinery through December 1950 in during service? temperatures that dropped • Do you have health prob-to 50 degrees F below zero, lems that could be caused with a wind chill factor of Have You Spoken with an Accred-ited Veteran Service Officer? The American Legion fights everyday to help veterans receive the VA Benefits they have earned through their service to their coun-try. There a many benefits for veterans offered by the Veterans Administration from healthcare, compensation for injuries, home loans, education benefits, depen-dant in care, and other benefits. The following pages are meant to give direction and information. If you are confused or think you qualify for benefits from the VA you should contact your local Accredited Vet-erans Service Representative or call The American Legion Department of Michigan Veteran Service Office at 313-964-6640. No Return Postage Requested • • 100 degrees F below zero. Operation Enduring Free-dom (OEF) in Afghanistan Other campaigns or cir-cumstances during military service, including training. Health problems associated with cold injuries • Cold injuries may result in long-term health problems, including the following signs and symptoms (at the site of exposure): • Changes in muscle, skin, nails, ligaments, and bones • Skin cancer in frostbite scars • Neurologic injury with symptoms such as bouts of pain in the extremities, hot or cold tingling sensations, and numbness • Vascular injury with Ray-naud’s Phenomenon with symptoms such as extrem-ities becoming painful and white or discolored when cold DON’T FACE THE VA ALONE Use an Accredited Veteran Service officer; watch this video to find out why you should use a VSO. :EhZzͬ&&#1c;ZhZzϮϬϭϱ NOTE: If you are the spouse of a veteran who died from any of these possible reasons mentioned, you might qualify for “Dependent In Care (DIC)” or Survivors Pen-sion. Contact an Accredited Veter-an Service officer to learn more.

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