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V.A. updates rules regarding traumatic brain injuries

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Veterans with traumatic brain injuries who are diagnosed with things like Parkinson's disease and dementia may find it easier to collect disability.

Research linking TBI with those diseases have prompted the VA to update its rules to recognize those conditions as secondary service connected conditions.

Under the new rules, when a veteran with a TBI also has one of those conditions, the V.A. will also consider the second illness to be service-connected for the purpose of calculating V.A. disability compensation.

The V.A. will consider Parkinson's, unprovoked seizures, dementia, and depression to be secondary after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Those rules go into effect in 30 days.