Age & VA Disability Claims: Does It Matter When Discussing Presumptive Conditions?

Hello to our valued veteran community! Allen here from Gumps VA Compensation. Today, I’d like to shed some light on a commonly asked question concerning VA disability claims: Does age play a role, especially when we’re talking about “presumptive” conditions? Let’s dive right in.

What are “Presumptive” Conditions?
Firstly, for those unfamiliar with the term, “presumptive” conditions are ailments or illnesses the VA recognizes as being linked to military service without the veteran having to prove a direct connection. For instance, certain cancers or diseases related to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War are classified as presumptive conditions.

The Age Question
Now, onto the big question: Does age play a role in the VA claims process, especially concerning these presumptive conditions? In short, age itself isn’t a direct factor. But it can indirectly influence certain aspects. Here’s how:

1. Age-Related Diseases vs. Service-Related Diseases: As we age, we become prone to various illnesses. Differentiating between what is a natural age-related ailment and what might be a service-related condition can sometimes be challenging, especially if it’s a presumptive condition.

2. Medical Records and Documentation: Over time, medical records can be lost, misplaced, or even destroyed. The older a claim is, the more challenging it might be to gather necessary documentation to support it—even if it’s for a presumptive condition.

3. The Onset Timing: For some conditions, especially the presumptive ones, the timing of onset post-military service can be vital. While age doesn’t directly impact a claim, the amount of time that has passed since active duty can.

4. Awareness & Updates: Veterans who served many years ago might not be aware of newly recognized presumptive conditions. Staying updated on VA policies is crucial, irrespective of age.

The Silver Lining
While age can introduce certain challenges, it’s essential to remember the VA’s primary goal: to support veterans. Over the years, the VA has continually updated and expanded its list of presumptive conditions, reflecting ongoing research and understanding of veterans’ health.

In Conclusion
Age might influence certain facets of the VA disability claim process, but it doesn’t determine the outcome. What’s most crucial is the evidence provided, clarity on the condition, and understanding how it might be connected to one’s military service.

If you ever feel overwhelmed or unsure about a presumptive condition claim, or if you’re curious about how age could influence your specific situation, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Gumps VA Compensation, we’re here to help and guide you every step of the way.

Stay informed and stay well,


Unraveling the Knot: How Your Military Discharge Type Impacts VA Compensation

Hello everyone, this is Allen Gumpenberger from Gump’s VA Compensation. Today, we’re going to tackle a topic that frequently raises questions among veterans navigating the often complex world of VA Compensation – The Effect of Military Discharge Type on VA Compensation. This aspect can be tricky, but with the right guidance, it becomes a less daunting path to traverse.

So, why does your military discharge type matter? When it comes to VA Compensation, the type of military discharge you received plays a crucial role in determining eligibility. Simply put, not all types of discharges will allow you to receive VA benefits.

First off, let’s understand the different types of military discharges. There are five types – honorable, general under honorable conditions, other than honorable (OTH), bad conduct, and dishonorable. Each of these types has different implications for your ability to receive VA compensation.

If you’ve received an Honorable Discharge, the highest form of discharge, you’re in the clear. This indicates you’ve met or exceeded the required standards of service, and you are eligible to receive all VA benefits, including compensation for service-connected disabilities.

A General Discharge under Honorable Conditions is a step below an honorable discharge. Veterans with this discharge type are typically eligible for VA compensation; however, it may depend on the specific circumstances of the discharge.

The line starts to blur a bit with an Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge. Depending on the reasons behind the OTH discharge, such as misconduct, veterans might face a harder time accessing benefits. The VA takes these on a case-by-case basis, so benefits are not automatically guaranteed.

Bad Conduct Discharges (BCD) can result from a court-martial and often lead to loss of benefits, including VA compensation. However, if the BCD was given by a Special Court-Martial rather than a General Court-Martial, there might be room for negotiation.

Lastly, a Dishonorable Discharge, typically resulting from serious misconduct, almost always leads to ineligibility for VA benefits. These are harsh penalties for what the military considers the most reprehensible actions.

Remember, each case is unique, and the VA makes determinations on an individual basis. If you’ve received a discharge other than honorable or bad conduct, you may want to seek a Discharge Upgrade or a Character of Discharge review. These processes might open the door for VA compensation eligibility.

It’s important to keep in mind that the path to VA compensation can be winding, often filled with uncertainties. But, I’m here to assure you that you don’t have to travel it alone. My mission at Gump’s VA Compensation is to guide you through this process, providing you with the information and assistance you need to fully understand your rights and the benefits you’ve rightfully earned.

Let’s unravel this complex knot together. Remember, your service matters, your health matters, and understanding how your military discharge type impacts your VA compensation is a crucial step in upholding your rights and benefits as a veteran.

Stay tuned to our blog for more insightful discussions on VA compensation, and as always, feel free to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. At Gump’s VA Compensation, we’re here to serve you just as you’ve served our great nation.

This is Allen Gumpenberger, signing off, but always ready to champion your cause. Till next time!

Age and VA Disability Claims: Exploring the Role and Challenges for Veterans

In today’s post, we’re going to delve into an important topic for veterans: VA Disability Back Pay. Often, I receive questions on whether age plays a significant role in the VA claims process. This topic merits a detailed discussion.

To start, let’s first understand VA Disability Back Pay. The term refers to the benefits owed to a veteran from the effective date of their claim until the VA grants that claim. The process to claim benefits can be lengthy, and it is not uncommon for veterans to receive their benefits months or even years after their initial filing. When the VA finally approves the claim, the veteran receives a lump sum of all the benefits that have accrued from the filing date.

Now, onto the question at hand: Does age play a role in the VA claims process?

Contrary to some misconceptions, the VA does not factor in a veteran’s age when evaluating disability claims. Eligibility for disability benefits is determined based on the severity of the disability and its connection to the veteran’s service, not the age of the veteran.

However, age might indirectly affect the claims process. Older veterans might have a more challenging time assembling the necessary documentation for their claims, particularly if they’re dealing with service-related incidents that occurred decades ago. But rest assured, this difficulty does not automatically lessen their chance of receiving benefits.

Furthermore, older veterans often have more health conditions, which might require more time for the VA to assess their claim accurately. In such cases, the veteran’s age might indirectly extend the claims process.

It’s important to note that the VA offers aid and attendance benefits for veterans who need help with daily living activities due to old age. While these benefits are separate from disability benefits, they can provide significant assistance to older veterans.

In summary, while age doesn’t directly influence the outcome of the VA disability claims process, it might present unique challenges. But don’t let this discourage you. Instead, see it as a reason to stay prepared and diligent.

At Gump’s VA Compensation, we understand the complexities of the VA disability claims process and the unique challenges that older veterans may face. We are here to guide and assist you every step of the way. Remember, you served our nation with honor, and now it’s our honor to serve you.

Stay tuned for more informative posts on VA disability compensation and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your journey is ours, and we’re in this together.

Until next time,

Allen Gumpenberger


Winning Your VA Claim for Chloracne: A Guide for Vietnam Veterans

Hello, I’m Allen Gumpenberger, the founder of Gumps VA Compensation. Our firm specializes in helping veterans win the compensation they deserve for their service-related disabilities. Today, I want to discuss a specific disability that affects many Vietnam veterans: chloracne.

Chloracne is a rare type of acne that is caused by exposure to certain chemicals, including herbicides like Agent Orange. Many Vietnam veterans were exposed to these chemicals, which can lead to chloracne and other health issues. If you are a Vietnam veteran and suffer from chloracne, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits.

The first step in winning your VA claim for chloracne is to get a proper diagnosis. You will need to see a doctor who can confirm that your chloracne is related to your military service. This can be a challenge, as chloracne is a rare condition and may be misdiagnosed as regular acne.

Once you have a proper diagnosis, you can begin the VA claims process. This process can be complicated, and it is important to have an experienced VA disability lawyer on your side. At Gumps VA Compensation, we have helped many Vietnam veterans win their claims for chloracne and other service-related disabilities.

To win your VA claim for chloracne, you will need to provide evidence that your condition is related to your military service. This may include medical records, statements from witnesses who served with you, and other documentation. Your VA disability lawyer can help you gather this evidence and present it to the VA in the most effective way possible.

It is also important to note that the VA may try to downplay the severity of your chloracne or argue that it is not related to your military service. This is where having an experienced VA disability lawyer on your side can make a big difference. Your lawyer can challenge the VA’s arguments and present evidence that supports your claim.

In conclusion, if you are a Vietnam veteran who suffers from chloracne, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits. The VA claims process can be complicated, but with the help of an experienced VA disability lawyer, you can increase your chances of winning your claim. At Gumps VA Compensation, we are committed to helping veterans win the compensation they deserve, and we look forward to serving you.

Age and the VA Claims Process: Insights from Allen Gumpenberger at Gumps VA Compensation

Hello there, it’s Allen Gumpenberger, founder of Gumps VA Compensation. I’m excited to share with you some important information about the VA claims process, specifically focusing on whether age plays a role in the process.

First, let’s start with some basic information about the VA claims process. When a veteran files a claim with the VA, the VA will evaluate the veteran’s claim based on a variety of factors, including the severity of the veteran’s condition and the veteran’s service history. The VA will also consider any medical evidence provided by the veteran, as well as any additional information provided by the veteran’s healthcare provider.

Now, let’s address the question of whether age plays a role in the VA claims process. The short answer is no, age does not play a direct role in the VA claims process. The VA is required to evaluate each claim based on the evidence provided, regardless of the age of the veteran.

However, it’s important to note that age can indirectly affect the VA claims process. As veterans age, they may be more likely to develop conditions that are related to their military service. For example, veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam may develop conditions such as diabetes or cancer later in life. These conditions may be more common in older veterans, which means that older veterans may be more likely to file claims related to these conditions.

Additionally, older veterans may face additional challenges when filing claims with the VA. For example, older veterans may have difficulty obtaining medical evidence to support their claims, particularly if they are no longer able to work or have limited mobility. Older veterans may also have more complex medical histories, which can make it more difficult to establish a clear connection between their military service and their current condition.

At Gumps VA Compensation, we understand the unique challenges that older veterans face when filing claims with the VA. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate support to veterans of all ages. We work closely with our clients to gather the necessary evidence to support their claims, and we’re always available to answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

In conclusion, age does not play a direct role in the VA claims process, but it can indirectly affect the process in a variety of ways. At Gumps VA Compensation, we’re committed to providing the highest level of support and advocacy to veterans of all ages. If you have any questions about the VA claims process or would like to learn more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always here to help!

How to get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy

As a veteran and the owner of Gumps VA Compensation, I have helped many veterans navigate the process of obtaining VA compensation for various conditions, including peripheral neuropathy. I understand how difficult and overwhelming it can be to understand the VA’s compensation system and to gather the necessary evidence to support a claim for peripheral neuropathy. In this article, I want to educate my fellow veterans on how to get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy.

First, let’s define what peripheral neuropathy is. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, burning sensations, muscle weakness, and pain. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including diabetes, alcoholism, exposure to toxins, and certain medications.

To get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy, it’s important to have a clear diagnosis from a medical professional. This means visiting a doctor or specialist who can diagnose peripheral neuropathy and provide documentation of the diagnosis. It’s also important to gather any medical records related to your peripheral neuropathy, including test results and treatment records.

Next, it’s important to understand the VA’s rating system for peripheral neuropathy. The VA uses a rating system called the General Rating Formula for Peripheral Nerve Injuries to determine the level of disability for peripheral neuropathy. This system takes into account factors such as the severity of the symptoms, the level of functional impairment, and the ability to work.

To get a good VA compensation result, it’s important to provide evidence that supports the severity of your peripheral neuropathy and its impact on your daily life. This can include statements from friends and family members, as well as your own statements, describing how the condition affects you. It’s also helpful to provide evidence of any accommodations you’ve had to make, such as special equipment or changes to your work environment.

It’s also important to be aware of any potential secondary conditions that may be caused by your peripheral neuropathy. For example, if your peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes, it’s important to also provide evidence of any complications from diabetes, such as retinopathy or nephropathy.

It’s also important to remember that the VA’s compensation process can be complicated and time-consuming. It’s not uncommon for a claim for peripheral neuropathy to take several months or even years to be processed. It’s important to be patient and persistent in following up on your claim and to seek help from a professional like myself if you need assistance.

In conclusion, getting a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy requires a clear diagnosis, strong evidence of the severity of the condition, and an understanding of the VA’s rating system. With the right preparation and guidance, veterans with peripheral neuropathy can successfully navigate the VA’s compensation process and receive the benefits they deserve.

VA Disability Gives New Benefits

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For years, the story was the same…

Throughout the 90s and post 9/11 wars, the army would use open air pits to dispose of jet fuel, garbage and other materials…

On prolonged exposure to these fumes, Courageous soldiers would return home, only to be diagnosed with Cancer, respiratory issues or lung disease (sometimes amidst other service related injuries…)

These war heroes would then reach out to the VA concerning the connection of their crisis to their service related exposure to toxic fumes…

But get shut down for lack of “sufficient evidence”. And left to carry their cross alone, without any compensation or due help from the nation they risked their lives for.

Not anymore though…

I come bearing great news!

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger here, back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or your retired loved one) on VA Disability…

President Joe Biden, on August 10 signed the legislation (Called the PACT Act) – Outlining 23 health conditions that will be labeled as “Presumptive” aiding veterans to get special benefits from their service infused exposure to Burn Pits and Toxins.

This new Act reduces the heavy burden on veteran survivors or their families, to prove eligibility to special benefits by being victims of Brain Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Lung Diseases, Testestinal Cancer, Respiratory Issues and more.

The announcement was made by VA Secretary, Dennis McDonough at the American Legion Convention recently held in Milwaukee on August 31, 2022.

This isn’t a wife’s tale.


It’s been signed, sealed and made official by the President himself, with  processing of new applications for benefits proceeding on Jan 1, 2023

“Veterans have waited too long for this care and these benefits already and we’re not going to make them wait any longer,” …

“So instead of phasing in the conditions over the coming years, we’re making all conditions outlined in the PACT Act presumptive August 10.”

VA Secretary Denis McDonough told the American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

“One of the biggest expansions of VA benefits in history won’t be easy”“We will really need your help communicating because we want every veteran, every single veteran to get the care they need and the benefits they deserve, the benefits they have earned, and we will not rest until they do,” McDonough said.

The new bill was named in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, diagnosed with Lung Cancer and a rare autoimmune disorder after serving his time with the Army National Guard in Kosovo & Iraq. Due to his prolonged exposure to burn pits.

He passed away in 2020.

So if you or a loved one have any similar health challenges to the ones listed in this post, you can get real help and SOON.

This new law further increases the presumptive disease list relating to Agent Orange by including exposure in the following places;

  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • American Samoa
  • Johnston Atoll
  • Guam

While boosting federal research on toxic exposure, and the VA’s resources and training to help process and deliver new claims from a bill that costs about $279 billion over 10 years and estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to go as high as $600 billion

Be rest assured I’ll have a post showing you a step by step process to claim these benefits as soon as an update comes.

Until then, Stop suffering in silence and start preparing to legally take what is deservedly yours if you’re eligible…

Feel free to schedule an appointment  if you need hands-on help when the VA opens the doors!




The internet isn’t half as safe as you might think, or worse than you already know.

It is a jungle filled with predators trying to scam as many ignorant people as they can find.

Your VA benefits make you an attractive target for these fraudsters camouflaged as helpful law firms. Posing as helpful but trying to use your ignorance to rob you of your blood and tears

Your hard earned VA Disability Benefits

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger here, back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or your retired loved one) on VA Disability again.

So follow every word of this article as I show you how to avoid the online predators bent on stealing what is rightfully yours.

The following are signals you should be cautious of when a “law firm” reaches out to you (or you to them) even when they claim to have your best interest at heart;


  • COMMUNICATION TOOLS : These “firms” will usually reach out via official looking phone calls, text messages, email or media messages.

So BE ON ALERT and don’t let your guard down.

As long as it is a tool to get your attention and permission, IT CAN BE A SCAM.



Any request  asking you to sign a legally binding document committing your VA Benefits to a law firm and giving them access to your eBenefits account is outrightly a SCAM. Sound the alarm immediately. They’re out to get you.

  • SIGNING BLANK FORMS: Under no circumstance should you sign an empty Blank form, supposedly to be completed by someone else at a later time (Virtually or in person.)

All information (data, terms, agreements, statements) should be on whatever document requires your signature when filing a claim for your VA Benefits.

The moment a supposed law firm tells you to sign a blank form, know that you very well may be in the grasp of scammers.


Here are some scam-proof measures you or your loved one can take in their bid to claim their hard earned VA Disability Benefits:

  • REVIEW BEFORE SIGNING : Always carefully review the content of any document before signing. A signature is legally binding and could make your case difficult even if you eventually find you’ve been scammed.

So If you already have personal legal counsel, by all means reach out for assistance reviewing any legal documents.



  • CHECK FOR ACCREDITATION: If you need help from a law firm to file your VA Disability benefit claim, then ensure you find an accredited VSO (Virtual Service Organization) to be completely safe.
  • REPORT! : These predators are out to cause pain and loss to you and several other veterans and their families for their selfish gains if they’re not stopped. Compensation they haven’t earned.

So if in any way get insight into their tricks, or spot a suspicious predatory firm, you owe it to your comrades to REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY or contact the VA directly at 1-800-827-1000.

If you’re eligible to claim your VA Disability Benefits but weary of falling into the wrong hands, then Gumps VA Compensation Services is here to help you


Schedule an appointment right away!