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To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [VeteranIssues] FW: New Zealand Approves Parkinson's & Ischemic Heart disease for their Vietnam Vets
Date: Sep 2, 2009 6:46 PM
From: Alan Oates [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 2:55 PM
To: Colonel Dan
Subject: New Zealand Approves Parkinson's & Ischemic Heart disease for their Vietnam Vets
Colonel Dan, New Zealand reacted quickly to the lastest Institute of Medicine Veterans Agent Orange Review and approved Parkinson's and Ischemic Heart disease for New Zealand Vietnam Veterans.
Here is a link and a copy and paste from their site.
Pension shortcut for Viet Nam vets welcomed
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Judith Collins welcomed a decision to expand the list of presumptive illnesses for war pensions by Viet Nam veterans.
Veterans' Affairs New Zealand (VANZ) announced that with effect from 24 July 2009 the War Pensions Presumptive List for Viet Nam veterans will now include Parkinson’s disease and Ischaemic heart disease.
The additions now bring to 15 the number of conditions on the presumptive list for Viet Nam veterans.
Presumptive lists allow for the automatic acceptance of certain disabilities for a War Disablement Pension if a veteran served in certain theatres of conflict.
The lists are based on medical and scientific research which indicates that if a veteran of one of these theatres is suffering from a certain disability, it is likely that the disability was attributable to the veteran’s service.
“VANZ has been working hard to meet the needs of veterans and to focus on improving the delivery of services, including accessibility to War Disablement Pensions,” Ms Collins said.
“The addition of these illnesses to the presumptive list will ensure automatic pension eligibility for Viet Nam veterans with medical evidence confirming they have these conditions.
“It is essential that the Government listens to veterans and is responsive to their changing needs. I welcome this decision which improves access for veterans to support and services.”
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