Five Service-Related Disabilities That May Not Appear Right Away

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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Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report

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”

Why You Might Be Eligible for VA Disability Benefits and Not Realize It

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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Why Should You Get Your Disability Rating Reviewed?

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?”

Understanding the Impact of Agent Orange on Disabled Veterans

When it comes to disabled veterans from the Vietnam War, few topics cause as much controversy as Agent Orange. The substance is blamed on a variety of medical conditions that Vietnam veterans suffer to this day, with some disabled veterans still struggling for recognition for their medical conditions. But what exactly is Agent Orange, and how did it become such a source of contention? Continue reading “Understanding the Impact of Agent Orange on Disabled Veterans”

VA Works To Better Help Veterans With PTSD

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”

More Than One in Six Veterans Suffer From TBI

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”

Census Report Shows Higher Rate of Disability Among Post-9/11 Veterans

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”

Five Things to Know About Your Veterans’ Disability Rating

Every veteran who has received disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA) has received a disability rating along with it. This disability rating is incredibly important, because it is directly tied to how much a disabled veteran and their family may receive in benefits. Here are five things you should know about your disability rating: Continue reading “Five Things to Know About Your Veterans’ Disability Rating”

VA Updates Eligibility for Sensory Aids and Prosthetics

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has recently updated a regulation that affects VA patients who may be eligible for sensory aids or prosthetics. The regulation seeks to create a uniform standard for determining who will be eligible for these important medical devices, which assist disabled veterans every day. This will help to ensure consistency of treatment and availability of services, regardless of where someone may seek assistance for their disability. Continue reading “VA Updates Eligibility for Sensory Aids and Prosthetics”