As of January 17, 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has begun offering emergency services for veterans suffering from suicidal thoughts. Any suicidal veterans will be able to go to any healthcare facility, whether in the VA network or not, and seek emergency care. This measure will potentially do a great deal to help veterans struggling with mental health issues who are in need of emergency psychological care.
When you try to apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), you need to demonstrate that you are qualified to obtain those benefits under the law. This means you need to have the right evidence available to prove your claim. But what kinds of evidence will you need in order to get your claim approved and obtain VA disability benefits?
On August 2, Congress passed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which seeks to address the issue of veterans exposed to burn pits while serving in the military. This bill helps those who, until now, may have struggled to obtain disability benefits or healthcare due to the poorly understood nature of toxic exposure to burn pits. It is expected that around five million veterans will benefit from this new law.
Any veteran who becomes disabled as a result of their benefits is potentially eligible for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). The benefits they receive is dependent on their disability rating, which is originally determined when they first get approved for benefits. However, a disability rating is not always static, and can be changed on review. So why should someone consider getting their disability rating reviewed? Continue reading “Why Should You Get Your Disability Rating Reviewed?”
When the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) issues its ruling on your veterans’ disability benefits, you might have a lot of questions about it. The process can be pretty opaque, and if you do not know what is involved, it may not make a lot of sense. If you keep in mind just a few things, though, you can better understand how the VA may have come to its conclusion: Continue reading “What Determines Your Veterans’ Disability Benefits Ruling?”
If you are a veteran suffering from a disability, you have enough problems to wrestle with already. It can get much worse, however, if you find yourself struggling to get access to veteran disability benefits. If you are not careful of certain obstacles, you could find your application delayed, or even rejected. Here are five of the most common obstacles veterans face when applying for disability benefits: Continue reading “Five Obstacles Veterans Face When Applying for Disability Benefits”
Post-traumatic stress disorder, often abbreviated as PTSD, is one of the most common psychological disorders that veterans face after they come home. Unfortunately, people who suffer from PTSD often have difficulty getting the help they need due to problems getting their condition diagnosed. That is why the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) is working to strengthen the claims process for veterans suffering from PTSD, which may make it easier for them to obtain disability benefits. Continue reading “VA Works To Better Help Veterans With PTSD”
Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are among the most common injuries veterans suffer from, but are also one of the most poorly understood and the most often missed. It’s estimated that 17.3 percent of all post-9/11 veterans, or a little more than one in six, suffer from some form of TBI, according to a study by the National Institute of Health. Because of the difficulties in identifying TBI, however, many veterans struggle with these issues alone. Continue reading “More Than One in Six Veterans Suffer From TBI”
According to a recent report by the United States Census Bureau, veterans who fought in wars after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 suffer a much higher rate of disability than those from previous wars. They also have a significantly higher chance of having severe disabilities compared to earlier generations of veterans. Together, this points to veterans of recent wars needing much more in disability services compared to those of earlier wars. Continue reading “Census Report Shows Higher Rate of Disability Among Post-9/11 Veterans”
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans late in 2020. While they initially focused on vulnerable veterans with certain disabilities, they have now expanded access so that any veteran getting their healthcare through VA clinics can get vaccinated. This will help to protect veterans who may not be in traditional risk groups, but nevertheless may be put in danger if they become infected by COVID-19. Continue reading “VA Clinics Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccine”