Approximately 80,000 veterans living with Parkinson’s disease receive care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, our service members are routinely exposed to a wide range of toxins and hazards that may lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease. PAN works to ensure that veterans living with Parkinson’s disease have access to the care and benefits they have earned.
Today, veterans with Parkinson’s disease can receive care at six dedicated centers and more than 50 consortium centers located throughout the country. Thanks to PAN’s work, these permanent Parkinson’s centers provide specialized care and conduct research.
The VA is at the forefront of revolutionizing the way care is provided by creating innovative telemedicine programs. PAN supports the VA’s telemedicine efforts to increase access to the best possible care.
PAN works to ensure that veterans receive the benefits that they have earned. PAN supports a VA proposal to make it easier for veterans with parkinsonism to receive health care and compensation due to a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. PAN also worked to ensure that Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving in-country or on the inland waterways and now have Parkinson’s disease receive benefits.
PAN has secured more than $350 million in Parkinson’s research at the Department of Defense to study how best to protect our troops from exposures that may cause Parkinson’s disease. This program supports future generations of veterans and all people living with Parkinson’s disease.