Stars and Stripes reported that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin would like to expand Agent-Orange-related medical coverage to new categories of veterans with ailments, but cost, medical science, and politics are preventing it from happening. Continue reading “VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure”
Upon completion of a disability application and a determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the disability was service-connected, the VA will assign a disability rating, which reflects the severity and life impairment of the disability. This rating will reflect the amount of compensation that the individual is entitled to receive from the VA. Continue reading “Understanding the VA Schedule Rating for Disabilities”
As a working American, you will typically find a certain amount of money taken out of each paycheck designated as Social Security on your pay stub. 6.2% of your income will be contributed to the Social Security system and employers match this percentage for each worker, totaling 12.4%. Social Security provides you with benefits when you retire, become disabled, or to eligible family members with benefits when you die.
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While on duty, many veterans report chronic skin conditions as a result of being exposed to environmental and chemical hazards. This commonly leads to skin disorders that remain even after returning home from service. A chronic or long lasting skin disorder may be grounds for disability benefits, so long as the condition was related to service.
A recent survey of New York State health providers conducted by The Rand Corporation shows that those who are treating the 800,000 veterans who live in the state are willing to care for them but find themselves unfamiliar with the military culture and the health effects on veterans as a result of their wartime experiences. Continue reading “Survey Examines NYS Community Providers’ Ability to Care for Veterans”
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. During the Vietnam War, which took place from 1961 to 1975, PTSD was not a clinical diagnosis. Therefore, many veterans serving the armed forced during this time period did not receive treatment for their condition and therefore did not have a documented diagnosis or condition in their medical files. Continue reading “Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD”
Disability compensation for Veterans is a monthly tax-free benefit. Veterans that are disabled 10% or more as a result of an injury that occurred during active duty or active or inactive training. Disabilities include:
- Physical injuries or diseases; and
- Mental disorders, impairments, or illnesses.
Under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans are entitled to benefits, such as an Aid and Attendance Pension if he or she suffered injuries during combat. If a Veteran meets certain eligibility requirements, he or she may be entitled to compensation for a caregiver, which can include a family member. Commonly, this benefit is used in situations where a person is currently residing in an assisted living facility and must prevent his or her assets from being depleted. To qualify for Aid and Attendance Pension, a person must meet the following criteria: Continue reading “Aid and Attendance Pension For Veterans”