The Veterans Affairs Department is proposing to add five medical conditions to a list of diseases that, if diagnosed in a patient with a brain injury received during military service, automatically would be presumed service-connected.
Illnesses under consideration include:
- Uunprovoked seizures
- Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Certain types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease
- Hormone deficiencies caused by changes of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
Service connection will depend in part on the severity of the traumatic brain injury and onset of the illness, which will be considered secondary to the TBI, according to VA.