Presumptive Diseases

Although presumptive diseases are a given when a veteran applies, the presumptive disease is not necessarily permanent and total.  When a veteran receives 100 percent for cancer, for example, the cancer is not necessarily permanent and total.  The veteran may face a reduction in the future when the cancer goes into remission.  The reduction needs to be minimized by maximizing the residuals caused by the treatment for the cancer.  At the same time, other issues need to be aggressively pursued in order to maintain a permanent and total status.  An interruption of any period of 100 percent permanent and total status could affect the veteran’s eligibility to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation benefits as well as causing financial hardship.

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