Hello and welcome to U.S. Military Veterans with Parkinson's.
USMVP is a 501(c)(19) non-profit organization dedicated to serving U.S. military Veterans with Parkinson's disease. Research compiled by USMVP and presented to the Institutes of Medicine contributed to the addition of Parkinson's disease to the Agent Orange presumptive list of service-connected diseases. Come back often to check the latest news on Parkinson's research, VA information, and links to important information.
Thank You for Your Donations
We thank all of you for your generous donations to USMVP-sponsored research programs. USMVP receives no government grants and is dependent on donations from individuals and organizations. USMVP is a 501(c)19 non-profit organization; your donations qualify as tax deductible.
Recently, USMVP awarded a Research Grant to St. Mary's University, Biology Sciences, for their research of the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase and neuron cell death. Our directors and staff will continue to investigate and support important Parkinson's research projects. Know of any Parkinson's research that looks promising? Send us a note.
Please help us continue our Fight to Cure Parkinson's. We can do it! Together, we can cure Parkinson's disease! Click on the Support USMVP Tab or the DONATE button on this page.
Remember the Stars and Stripes
Be sure to fly the American flag on these dates in 2013!
May 27 . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day
June 14 . . . . . . . . . . Flag Day
July 4 . . . . . . . . . . . Independence Day
August 14 . . . . . . . . VJ Day
September 2 . . . . . . Labor Day
September 11 . . . . . Patriot Day
September 20 . . . . . POW/MIA Recognition Day
November 11 . . . . . . Veterans Day
December 7 . . . . . . . Pearl Harbor Day
Parkinson's Disease and Agent Orange
The message is clear: the VA recognizes Parkinson’s disease as associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. The VA's final regulation recognizing this association took effect on August 30, 2010 and rating of claims start on October 31, 2010. Vietnam-era Veterans exposed to herbicides do not have to prove a connection between their Parkinson’s disease and military service to be eligible to receive VA benefits.
With this announcement, USMVP reached its Principal Goal: to get Parkinson's disease added to the VA list of diseases associated to exposure to Agent Orange.
We wish to thank Directors Alan Oates, Lorenzo Gonzalez, and Steve Fiscus for their steadfast dedication, countless hours of research and collaboration, and single-minded campaign to make this happen for all our Veterans afflicted with Parkinson's disease.
New Hope for Parkinson's
Someday doctors may be able to transplant healthy dopamine-producing cells into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), replacing cells lost to disease.
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On this Veterans Day we call on Americans to remember our veterans and their families, and honor them for their service and sacrifice. At USMVP, every day is Veterans Day and that is as it should be.