The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Health (NIH) have announced they will be conducting a five-year long study into the condition known as Gulf War Illness, or Gulf War Syndrome, as it is commonly known. This study is meant to look into the varied symptoms of the illness, which affects nearly a third of the 700,000 people who served during the Gulf War. The goal is to uncover the cause of the disease, and develop treatments for those who have suffered with disabilities related to Gulf War Syndrome.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it will award $16 million in grants to adaptive sports programs to assist disabled veterans around the country. These grants are intended to help more than 13,000 veterans participate in programs that will allow them to improve their lives and help manage their disabilities. This same program aided 108 organizations throughout all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, in 2022.
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No population in America is at higher risk of suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than veterans. This psychological disorder causes countless problems for those who suffer from it, and veterans in particular can struggle against its effects due to difficulties seeking and obtaining treatment. But what exactly is PTSD, and why are veterans at such high risk of getting it?
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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.
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According to new data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), the rate of homelessness among veterans declined by around 11% since 2020. This also indicates an overall drop in the number of homeless veterans by about 55% since 2010. This major drop in homelessness among veterans is attributed in no small part to active efforts by the VA to aid veterans struggling to afford housing.
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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (otherwise known as the VA) has announced that it has awarded $130 million in grant funding to veterans around the country to help combat homelessness among veterans and their families. This money is meant to deal with the unfortunate tendency for veterans to become homeless after coming back from their service. These grants help homeless veterans by giving them the resources they need to find stable living conditions, allowing them to get back on their feet.
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When a veteran applies for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, also known as the VA, they are assigned something known as a “disability rating.” This rating is an essential part of determining what kinds of benefits a veteran will receive. But what is this disability rating, and how does the VA decide what your rating is?
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Typically, when someone becomes disabled as a result of their military service, it is fairly obvious how they got their disability. However, a surprising number of veterans can spend months or years seemingly fine, only to manifest a service-related disability a long time afterwards. Here are five service-related disabilities that often do not appear right away:
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In their most recent annual report on the suicide rate of veterans, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that the suicide rate is on the decline, at the highest rate since 2001. This decline is seen as a result of efforts made by the VA to tackle the difficult issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems that are common among veterans. However, more work needs to be done for veterans who still struggle with their mental health after returning to civilian life. Continue reading “Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report”
If you are a veteran suffering from a severe medical condition, you may have considered applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) previously. In fact, you may already have applied but been turned down. However, despite this, you may still be eligible for benefits (or, if you already have benefits, you may be entitled to more than you currently receive). Here are a few reasons why you might be entitled to VA disability benefits and not realize it:
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