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Should there be amendments regarding eligibility for prostate issues?
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Jim, to treat my prostate cancer the prostate was removed in 1997. In 2004, I underwent 6 weeks of external beam radiation. Stress urinary incontinence followed and in 2011 my sphincter had weakened to the extent of my having an artificial sphincter implant. Nine years later (11/10/20), I had my second artificial sphincter implant. Currently I'm 60% rated and convalescing at home for a period of 8 to 10 weeks. Do you feel the complete (Loss of Sphincter) is a secondary condition directly related to my primary condition of Prostate Cancer and Erectile Dysfunction?

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Department of Defense Memoranda Guiding Discharge Review Boards

This article provides important information for veterans with less-than-honorable discharges and their advocates on key guidance for upgrading their discharge based on in-service mental health conditions or experiences.



A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans.

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply


1: The Veteran


A stamp-style image  of the word 'denied' in red ink.
Mandatory implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act (AMA) of 2017 occurred on February 19, 2019. Congress recognized the appalling wait times veterans and their eligible family members have been enduring as to appealing VA benefit decisions.