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Veterans are often afflicted with health conditions unique to their military service. Exposure to Agent Orange caused an increase in diabetes and prostate cancer among Vietnam veterans; Gulf War Illness affects many who served in Iraq and Kuwait; and those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer increasingly from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations and paraplegic injuries. Without someone to advocate for them, veterans often do not receive the health care and other benefits they are entitled to by law. Moreover, only qualified individuals can represent veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In cooperation with Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), VSF and USAFA support Service Officer Programs across the United States. Through these programs, veterans receive the support of trained, accredited Service Officers free of charge. Service Officers— many of whom are veterans themselves—help veterans secure the compensation they’ve earned through serving their country.