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PACT ACT: What you need to know

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act, expands VA health care and benefits for certain veterans who served during the Gulf War era, Post 9/11 and during Vietnam. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: There are distinct differences in PACT Act benefits based on a veteran’s  Read More…


Camp LeJeune Water Exposure

If you served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina, you may have had contact with contaminants in the drinking water there. Scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to these contaminants during military service and development of certain diseases later on.  Read More…


Federal and State Benefits For Service Connected Veterans

The following are added benefits for veterans based on US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) service connection.  Some of these benefits are very complex and have eligibility requirements.  Contact your local MDVA service program office for details. 0% Evaluation VA medical treatment for any service connected condition VA Fee Basis card for treatment of service  Read More…


Do you need to apply for VA benefits? What to know before you file.

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Service and Benefits Program provides assistance to the men and women who served in the Uniformed Services of the United States, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, State of Maryland and other programs for veterans and their families.   Read More…


Are you an atomic era veteran? What you need to know.

Depending on when you served in the military, you may have been exposed to radiation. Learn more about what you can do if you were exposed here. VA: Exposure to Radiation Exposure U.S. Department of Justice: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (“the Act” or “RECA”), 42 U.S.C. § 2210 note (2012) established an  Read More…


Are you a veteran of the Gulf War to Present? What you need to know.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses APRIL 26, 2022: US Department of Veterans Affairs Press Release  “VA Establishes presumptive service connection for rare respiratory cancers for certain Veterans” Nine additional rare respiratory cancers have been added to the list of presumed service connected disabilities due to military environmental exposures to fine particulate matter.  Read the press release  Read More…


Are you a veteran of World War II or Korea? What you need to know.

VA Benefits for World War II and Korean War Veterans Benefits for World War II Veterans Exposed to Ionizing Radiation World War II era Veterans may qualify for health care and compensation benefits if you were exposed to ionizing radiation during military service. Health care services include an Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam and clinical  Read More…


State Park and Hunting/Fishing License Benefits

State Park Day-Use Area Admission Fee Waivers Day-Use Waiver for Active Duty Military / Maryland National Guard Any member of the Maryland National Guard and all active duty military personnel who display their active duty military identification card to the gate attendant at any Maryland State Park day-use area will have their day-use entrance service charge waived.  Read More…


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