Service Dogs for Disabled Vets

10 Aug 2017

The VA recognizes three types of service dogs for disabled veterans. For blind and vision impaired vets, guide dogs are trained to lead in walking and to navigate around hazards. Service dogs are trained to do things regular dogs can't, and specifically to perform a task that the veteran cannot perform because of the disability. Emotional support dogs provide emotional support and companionship for those vets with mental health conditions. 

Guide dogs and service dogs are obtained through a provider's recommendation and from nationally recognized training programs. The VA does not cover the usual costs of dog ownership, such as food, but does pay for vet care and equipment through the Va's prosthetic program.

Emotional support dogs can be regular pets. They provide the companionship and emotional benefits of pet ownership, which can be comforting for people with and without emotional health conditions. The VA does not, at this time, recognize emotional support animals as an evidence-based therapy for PTSD and other mental health conditions. They do not offer any financial support for animals in these roles or allow extended access to areas pets are usually forbidden, such as airplanes and restaurants.

While the evidence-based medical therapies do not support dogs as emotional support animals, particularly for those with PTSD, many veterans groups, animal groups, and lawmakers disagree. State and national organizations that offer support and assistance with emotional support animals continue to grow. With a number of these organizations actively soliciting participation from veterans, it is worth noting that several international and national training programs for service animals exist, but there is not at this time a national training or register for emotional support animals. Veterans groups and individual veterans recommendations may be the safest way to navigate through these new organizations.

Emotional support animals must comply with the rules and restrictions of regular pets. They, for instance, have to live in a pet-approved apartment or housing. Owners have to be able to care for the animals normally, such as affording food and being able to walk dogs. Many multi-family housing areas have breed restrictions; guide and service dogs can qualify for an exemption for breed restrictions and pet fees, but emotional support pets do not.

For more information about psychiatric disability & veterans, please contact us.

Requesting a VA Appeal Hearing (DRO & BVA)

10 Aug 2017

You selflessly completed your military service, but you have been left with a life-altering injury or condition. You disagree with the VA’s decision on your case and  you have decided to appeal the decision and continue fighting for the benefits that you deserve. In addition to filing the appeal paperwork and submitting additional evidence, you have the right to request a VA appeal hearing.

Requesting a VA Appeal Hearing

DRO vs. BVA Appeal: What is the Difference?

The VA gives you the option of choosing a de novo review with a Decision Review Officer (DRO) appeal or a Traditional Review with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Both options give you the opportunity to request a hearing.

If you choose the DRO appeal, DRO will perform another review of your application and supporting evidence and make a new determination without giving any deference to the original decision.  You do have the right to request a hearing with the DRO. This hearing will generally take place at your local regional VA office.

Once the DRO makes their decision, the VA will send you a rating decision, if they grant an increase or service connection and/or a Statement of the Case on those issues which they deny service connection or a rating increase. If you disagree with the rating decision, you can file an appeal and go before a different DRO.  To file this appeal, you must complete a Notice of Disagreement within one year of the date on the rating decision.  If you disagree with any portion of the Statement of the Case, you have the option of filing a substantive appeal with the BVA. To file this appeal, you must complete VA Form 9 within 60 days of the date of the Statement of the Case. You have the right to request a formal hearing before the BVA. You may request a hearing with the BVA via videoconference, travel board (when a judge from the BVA comes to your regional office, or in Washington (you travel to Washington D.C. for the hearing).  

Should I Request a VA Appeal Hearing?

Most cases benefit from an appeal hearing because it gives you the opportunity to speak with the person who is making the decision on your case. This can be helpful for many reasons.

  1. Human Element: The VA deals with many cases each day, countless applications for benefits, and thousands of pages of medical records. A face-to-face conversation allows the decision maker to see you as a human and gives you the opportunity to describe your impairments in detail and explain how these impairments affect your daily life. It is much easier for a decision maker to understand the extent of your impairments and limitations when they can see and speak with you, instead of just reviewing a pile of paperwork and medical records.

  2. Opportunity to Answer Specific Questions: You’ll have the opportunity to answer the reviewer’s questions about gaps in the evidence or your medical record in real time. Many veterans are injured while serving, but they may not seek substantial medical treatment because they have other priorities or lack medical insurance. After 5 or 10 years, the injury gets progressively worse and now requires extensive medical treatment. If the decision maker were to rely only on the medical records, it is likely that your claim would be denied because it would be difficult to show service-connection. However, during the hearing, you have the opportunity to explain why you did not seek extensive medical treatment during your service. This information is invaluable to your claim and can often mean the difference between approval and denial.

  3. Additional Supporting Testimony: At a hearing, you can bring in testimony from a spouse or family member, which can be helpful to your claim. Many times, it is difficult to remember all of the details of your service, injuries, and treatment for your injuries, especially in a slightly stressful situation like a hearing. A family member that witnessed your obstacles and treatment can provide details that you may overlook or not feel are important. It is helpful to discuss this testimony with your family member before the hearing to refresh your memory and to make sure that your information is consistent with your family member’s recollection of events.

The appeal process can be overwhelming. If you are undecided about requesting a hearing or would like assistance in preparing your appeal or getting ready for a VA appeal hearing, your representative (veteran service officer (VSO) or attorney) is an excellent resource.

In particular, your representative can help outline the critical issues and legal principles of your case during the hearing to ensure that the decision maker has all of the necessary information to make a decision about your claim. Additionally, your representative can help you determine if a hearing is appropriate for your case.

The VA disability benefits claim process can be lengthy and frustrating, but finding answers to your disability claims questions doesn’t have to be difficult. Take our free quiz to determine what resources are available for your specific needs.

Additional Resources:

BVA Handout: Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision

Veterans Appeals Process Briefing

BVA Handout on Video Hearings

Category: Disability Claims Information

New Study on Young Veterans, PTSD, and Fight or Flight Response

03 Aug 2017

A recent study found that young veterans with PTSD have an increased fight or flight response during mental stress. The research provides important insights into how to protect veterans with PTSD from the effects of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Medical experts have long suspected that over activity in the sympathetic nervous system was a factor in treating veterans experiencing PTSD. This study led by a team at Emory University was the first to measure the activity directly and analyze the potential mechanisms behind it.

Participants were tested for their reaction to two types of mental stress, mental arithmetic unrelated to PTSD and first person war images and sounds recreated through virtual reality goggles. Sympathetic nerve activity was recorded using techniques including microneurography whereby electrodes are placed inside a nerve. The researchers found that post-9/11 veterans with combat-related PTSD had an increased fight or flight response during mental stress, higher adrenaline levels, and less control of their heart rate in response to blood pressure changes.

The findings are significant given that an estimated 14% of post-9/11 veterans experience PTSD, and related increased risks for high blood pressure and heart disease. The researchers hope to use the findings to improve diagnosis and treatment. Currently, most doctors recommend controlling high blood pressure through lifestyle changes such as eating a low-salt healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and losing weight. Drugs such as Thiazide diuretics and beta blockers may also be prescribed.

Stay up to date on disability benefits and other issues affecting veterans. Contact us at the Veterans Law Group to learn more.

How to File an Appeal

27 Jul 2017

After serving your country selflessly and completing your military service, you were left with a life-altering injury or condition. You completed an application for veterans’ disability compensation for your service-related injury, but you just received a denial or lower rating than expected. This can be incredibly disappointing, but it does not mean that you should give up! You can appeal the decision and continue to fight for the benefits that you deserve.

Reasons for Filing an Appeal

A denial or unfavourably low rating can seem like the end of the road, but there are many reasons that your claim could have been denied or under rated: missing information or evidence; incomplete forms; or the claim examiner may have missed something important. Do not take the VA’s decision as personal. Instead, read through the letter carefully and take note of the following:

  • Date: The date of the decision is very important! You have 12 months from the date on the letter to submit an appeal.

  • Reason for Denial: This part of the decision can help you determine the reason that the VA denied your claim. Often, the VA just puts standard language in this section, but there may be details about information that should have been included or evidence that was missing.

  • Effective Date and Rating: The date your benefits go into effect and the rating of your injury will determine the amount of benefits you receive. Take some time to review this information to make sure that it aligns with the date and severity of your impairments.

If you disagree with the VA’s decision or you believe that the effective date or the rating of your impairments is incorrect, you can appeal the decision. If you become overwhelmed as you are reading through the paperwork, or you are confused by the VA’s decision, make sure to contact your representative (i.e. veterans service officer (VSO) or an attorney); they will be happy to review the decision with you. Your representataive can also help you determine if an appeal is appropriate and assist you with filing a Notice of Disagreement.  

How Do You File a Notice of Disagreement?

If you have decided to appeal the VA’s decision, you will need to complete a Notice of Disagreement (VA Form 21-0958). The Notice of Disagreement does not need to be a detailed list of all of the errors made in the decision. Use the form and answer the questions they ask as to why you disagree.  You will also need to indicate if you would like a Decision Review Officer (DRO) appeal or a Traditional Review.

What is the Difference Between a Decision Review Officer and a Traditional Review?

The VA gives you the option of choosing a DRO appeal or a Traditional Review. The DRO option is generally a quicker process than the Traditional Appeal. Your VSO can help you determine which is the best option for you.

If you choose the DRO appeal the DRO will perform new review of your claim and supporting evidence and issue an independent decision.  If requested by you, a hearing will be held prior to a decision. After review of all the evidence and information, the DRO will issue a Rating Decision on any benefits changed from the appealed decision and a Statement of the Case on any benefits in which the DRO agreed with the previous decision.

You again have the option to appeal the Rating Decision with a Notice of Disagreement. If you disagree with any portion of the Statement of the Case, you have the option to file a substantive appeal by completing VA Form 9.  This will then send your appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) in Washington D.C.

Additionally, the VA allows the submission of new or relevant evidence during the appeal with a DRO and BVA,  so you may submit new medical records or other supporting information. If you find the Notice of Disagreement or VA Form 9 difficult to complete, so feel free to ask your representative for assistance with this portion of the appeals process.

If you determine that it may be useful, at this appeal level you may also request a formal hearing in front of the BVA to explain your case. Once the BVA has reviewed all the information, a decision will be issued.

The VA disability benefits claims process can be lengthy, overwhelming, and frustrating, but finding answers to your disability claims questions doesn’t have to be difficult. Take our free quiz today to determine what resources are available for your specific needs.

Additional Resources:

VA Intent to File a Disagreement

VA Guide on How to Appeal a Decision

Category: Disability Claims Information

V-Wise: Sustainable Business Ventures for Female Vets and Spouses

13 Jul 2017

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, supported by funding from the Small Business Administration, is helping military families across a wide spectrum. One of the most interesting programs is V-Wise. This program is specifically designed for female veterans, female active duty members, and female spouses or partners; the program helps women develop and grow sustainable business ventures.

The program provides help from basic business education and development through information on entrepreneurship, and most importantly, provides ongoing mentorship. This level of support throughout the course of developing and launching a new business is critical for long-term success.

The V-Wise Program starts with a 15-day online course, followed by an in-person 3-day entrepreneurship training course, located across the nation at various locales. This year, the in person three-day training is going to be held in Louisville, Ky on August 11-13. A class will be held in DC in October 2017, and in Pittsburgh, summer of 2018.

The ability to start and nurture a small business, especially one which can move with the family, is critically important to the long-term financial stability of veterans facing challenges in the traditional workplace. When veterans start their own businesses, especially those that involve making things by hand, the quiet and solitude, the nature of the work, and some small degree of financial security may give veterans more peace and independence than currently offered job and employment help.

Many veterans still long to contribute to the world, the country, their communities and their families. When the support and structure of the military is lost, many vets face the challenges of service connected injury and illness alone, and without the support to successfully navigate a bureaucracy-heavy system. Beginning the journey toward small or micro-business ownership may let veterans build a new future.

What It Means to Accept a VA Disability Rating

13 Jul 2017

Veterans who suffer from an injury that was caused or made worse during their active military service can make a claim to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These benefits are tax-free, paid to veterans on a monthly basis, and known as VA disability compensation. 

The VA disability compensation process can be a challenging undertaking for veterans and their families, especially for those who have never gone through the process. That’s why having a veterans service officer (VSO) on your side can be extremely helpful.

VA Disability Ratings

VA Disability Compensation Decision

After you have applied for benefits, submitted paperwork to support your veteran’s disability claim, and completed your C&P exam, the VA must decide two things: 

  1. Was your disability caused or made worse by your service?

  2. How does the disability affect your ability to obtain employment?

If the VA determines that your condition was not caused or made worse during your time in the military, then your claim will be denied. However, you can appeal the denial of your claim. See the section below on Appealing a Disability Claim Rating for more details.

When your claim is approved by the VA, it is assigned a disability rating. It is critical that you understand how your rating is calculated to ensure that your benefits are awarded correctly. A VSO can assist you with reading and interpreting your disability rating.

Accepting a Disability Rating

If benefits have been granted, you will receive a Rating Decision. This letter will state your disability rating, compensation amounts, and the date from which your benefits begin.

After carefully reviewing your determination letter, if you agree with the VA’s decision, you do not need to take any action to begin receiving your compensation. Your initial payment, which will include any past due amounts, should be mailed to you or direct deposited into the account number on your application within 15 days after you receive the notification letter. From then forward, your payments will be sent on the first day of each month.

Optional Next Steps After a Disability Claims Award

  1. Sign-up for direct deposit with the VA. This enables you to receive your monthly compensation funds deposited electronically into your checking account, and it helps avoid complications from a lost or stolen paper check.

  2. Consider registering for additional VA benefits. These include VA medical care, dental care, life insurance, and educational benefits, among others.

  3. Research disabled veterans benefits available in your state. Many states also offer their own benefits for disabled veterans, which differ from state to state but may include reduced or exempted property taxes.

Appealing a Disability Rating

You can appeal the denial of your claim or a low rating by filing a Notice of Disagreement (Form 21-0958) with your regional VA office. The notice is a written declaration informing the VA that you disagree with their decision. Submitting this form will open an appeal to your compensation decision with the VA. You have one year from the date that you receive your determination letter to begin the appeals process.

Changing Your Rating at a Later Date

If your disability worsens after the one year appeal time is up, you can request an increase in your VA disability compensation using form 526EZ. You can support this request by enclosing medical evidence of your worsened condition. Generally, the VA will then schedule a new C&P exam to re-evaluate your disability. If the new evaluation increases your disability rating, your monthly compensation will also rise.

A claim for an increased disability rating can be more complicated than one might think. That is why it’s in your best interest to consult with your VSO before moving forward with a request for increased compensation.

The VA also has the right to re-examine your disability rating at any time unless you were deemed permanently and totally disabled in you rating decision. If you receive a letter scheduling you for a re-examination, then it is extremely important for you to attend or reschedule this appointment. If you do not, the VA can reduce or terminate your benefits.

While the VA disability rating system can be complex and hard to understand, finding answers to your disability claims questions doesn’t have to be difficult. Take our free quiz to determine what resources are available for your specific needs.

Additional Resources

VA Disability Award Compensation Attachment 
VA Guide on How to Appeal a Decision

Category: Disability Claims Information

The Latest In PTSD Treatment: An Online Tool, Medical Cannabis, and Service Dogs

07 Jul 2017

PTSD is an issue that many veterans struggle with. Every veteran either has some degree of PTSD themselves or has a close buddy who suffers from it. Here are the latest developments and news about PTSD treatment.

VA Releases Online Tool to Help Deal With PTSD

The Veterans Affairs has recently released a new online tool that is designed to help returning military personnel deal with the effects of PTSD. The tool, called PTSD Treatment Decision Aid, has a lot of information, videos, and presentations about various treatments for PTSD, such as talk therapy. Users can also build charts to compare the various treatments to help them decide which one they prefer.

Colorado Approves PTSD for Medical Cannabis Treatment

Governor John Hickenlooper has recently approved PTSD as a condition that qualifies for treatment with medical cannabis. It is the first condition to be approved for cannabis treatment in Colorado since 2001. Nineteen other states have already approved PTSD as a qualifying condition.

Research Into Effects of Service Dogs on PTSD

Researchers at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for the Human Animal Bond are conducting a new clinical research study to find out what effects service dogs have on veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s been suggested that bonding with dogs can produce positive emotional reactions which can help people deal with PTSD. The new study was created to discover exactly how and which PTSD symptoms are affected by service dogs. The study is being done in partnership with K9s for Warriors.

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Discharged Under DADT? Upgrade May Be Possible

29 Jun 2017

Since World War II, approximately 114,000 servicemembers have been discharged from all four branches of the United States military for homosexual conduct. From 1994 to 2011, "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) was the official policy of the military, forcing many service members to actively work to conceal their sexuality or face a less-than-honorable discharge. After the repeal of DADT, various bills were introduced in Congress - perhaps the best known put forth by Reps. Charlie Rangel and Mark Pocan in 2013 - to automatically upgrade any other-than-honorable discharges given for homosexual conduct, but none ever gained traction. Still, it is possible for you to upgrade your discharge if you are able to show the right documentation.

Very few discharged veterans have chosen to apply for an upgrade - only about 8 percent of those affected - but it is widely believed that many simply are unaware of the option. Some do choose to retain the designation as a reminder of history, but others jump at the chance to correct their records. The rationale is not only to right a historical wrong but also to improve their quality of life after service.

In some states, a dishonorable discharge is seen as equivalent to a felony, meaning that those dishonorably discharged lose rights like the ability to apply for certain jobs, and even to vote. A federal law, the Brady Act, prohibits you from owning firearms if you have a dishonorable discharge on your record. There are also benefits granted to honorably discharged service members that are not available to those with a general, other-than-honorable, or dishonorable discharge. Those with general discharges, for example, are not eligible to apply for GI Bill benefits, and those with other-than-honorable discharges may not be eligible for veterans' retirement benefits. 

In order to upgrade your discharge or have your separation designation code changed, you must provide evidence that your discharge was "inequitable" or "improper." Those are specific legal standards ("inequitable" means unfair or not in keeping with the values of the service, while "improper" means mistaken or erroneous), so meeting that burden with evidence can be difficult. If for example, you had any incidents of misconduct or disciplinary issues while enlisted, you may be denied an upgrade simply because your record was not clean. However, if you had a clean record aside from the instance or instances of homosexual conduct, the odds may be in your favor.

For more information on upgrading your discharge and improving your quality of life, please contact us.

How to Calculate Veterans’ Disability Ratings Into Pay

29 Jun 2017

You applied for disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs and, after a long wait, you have finally received a favorable decision, granting you veterans’ disability benefits. This decision should include a Notification Letter and a Narrative, explaining the reasoning used to determine your benefits.

Disability Ratings Calculations

For any impairments that have been deemed service-connected, the VA should include a disability “rating” and explanation for each of theimpairments listed in your decision, but what does it mean? How much compensation will you receive each month? Here are some answers.

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

The Rating assigned to your impairments is often the most confusing part of the decision. The VA created the Schedule for Rating Disabilities to identify what % should be applied to each impairment. This schedule is intended to reflect the loss in earnings that you may experience because of your impairments. Ratings range from 0% to 100%.

The Schedule for Rating Disabilities lists impairments by body parts affected and conditions/issues. Each diagnosis within the group of issues has a list of symptoms that the VA Rater will compare to your symptoms and the evidence in your medical record, including your C&P exam. Your symptoms are then rated according to the requirements listed in the Schedule. The more severe your impairment is, the higher the disability rating will be.

For example, if you were experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of your time in the service, you would find the section titled “Mental Disorders,” which includes PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and MST. The table for PTSD indicates that if you have occupational and social impairment in most areas resulting from symptoms such as spatial disorientation and suicidal ideation, you would receive a 70% rating for this impairment. If you have reduced reliability and productivity as a result of occupational and social impairment, you would receive a 50% disability rating, and occasional decreases in work efficiency would equal a 30% disability rating.

Multiple Impairments

If you have multiple impairments, the VA will assign a separate disability rating to each one. Unfortunately, the VA does not add all of the ratings together when determining your overall disability rating. Instead, once all of the ratings have been assigned, the VA will use the Combined Ratings Table to determine the final rating.

The table has numbers on the left side and along the top. In order to calculate your combined rating (two impairments), you would take the first rating and find it on the left column of the table. Next, you would find your second rating in the top row of the table. The number that appears where the column and the row intersect will represent your combined rating.

If you have more than two disabilities, you would follow the steps, as stated above, for the first two impairment ratings. Once that number is determined, find the new number in the left column of the table and then find the third rating in the top row. The number that appears where this column and row intersect will represent the combined rating. This process would continue for the remaining disabilities. This combined rating is then rounded up or down to the nearest whole number. The highest overall disability rating is 100%.

If your disability is not listed in the Schedule, the VA will find a disability that is similar to your impairment and evaluate your disability based on the code for the related disability.

Monthly Compensation Rates

Monthly disability compensation amounts vary depending on your disability rating and the size of your family. Your family size is determined by your marital status, whether you have any children in the home, and whether you have any other dependents or family members.

You can review your compensation based on your disability rating and family size here. As an example, a veteran without dependents and a 30% disability rating would receive $408.97 per month. A veteran with a 100% disability rating who has a spouse and child would receive $3,197.16 per month. This amount increases based on Cost of Living adjustments.

What If You Disagree With The Rating?

Impairment ratings are an important part of the decision because they ultimately control how much you will receive in benefits each month. For this reason, you should take your decision to your Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) for review. At this time you can also seek the advice of an attorney. The VSO or attorney can review the decision; answer your questions about your benefits or the decision; and then help you determine if the Rating in your decision is an accurate representation of your impairments. If you do not agree with the VA’s determination, you have one year from the date on your decision to submit more evidence or file an appeal (Notice of Disagreement), if necessary.   

Finding answers to your disability claims questions doesn’t have to be difficult. Take our free quiz today to determine what resources are available for your specific needs.

Additional Resources:

Schedule of Rating Disabilities
Combined Ratings Table
Compensation Table

Category: Disability Claims Information

Documenting Concussions and Concussive Injury

22 Jun 2017

One of the strange things about an injury to the head and brain is that the cumulative effect of even a small or minor injury matters. Medical science has not yet determined how to measure and evaluate the extent of an individual injury, nor how to evaluate a new injury in light of a series of old ones. Current methods of assessing thinking and memory are inaccurate, at best. But the science is growing, and it is important for the emerging understanding of traumatic brain injury that you are able to document a history of both diagnosed concussions and concussive injury to the head.

Documentation of an injury does not involve producing medical records or any sort of proof as such. This documentation involves writing a detailed list of incidents, with all of the information you can remember or get from others, such as family members, about the injury: how it happened and the effects on you after.

An older definition of significant head injury was an injury that resulted in unconsciousness. Doctors carefully documented how long a person was unconscious and any symptoms after, such as dizziness and headache. What we know now, through advances in science and brain imaging, is that any injury that involves a blast or blow of any degree can affect the brain, and a series of injuries over time can produce an effect long after the initial injury.

Many kids have an injury as infants and children due to accidents at home. Falling off the couch or bed as an infant, any injury needing stitches to the face or chin, falling off a top bunk bed, bike accidents, and similar accidental injury to young children may be significant and should be documented.

During the school years, any sports participation should be noted. Even sports such as track and field can produce head injury, as anyone who has even tripped over a hurdle can describe. Any significant sports injuries should be noted, particularly ones in which a student athlete was evaluated for a concussion. Any history of hunting as a child can be estimated as the number of times weapons were shot in the course of a season, and then the number of seasons. Any violent attacks on a child's face or head can produce head injury, and should also be documented. Boxing and tackle football should be carefully noted.

As adolescents, the type of injuries noted above should be documented, in addition to any car accidents or vehicle whiplash-type injury while riding motorcycles and ATVs. Riskier sports, such as paragliding and bungee jumping, should be documented. During boot camp and other military training, hours of weapons training and types should be carefully noted, as well as activities such as parachute training. Any fighting or boxing that involved blows to the face or head are significant and should be noted.

While in the service, both weapons training and exposure to weapons and concussive or blast injury should be noted. It is understood that in the chaos of combat, not every incident can be carefully evaluated and documented in a medical record. Your recollections and accounts are important and are taken as valid sources of information.

As we get older, balance can be affected, making it easier to have an accidental injury. Falls on the ice, or while walking the dog, can cause significant head injury. Motor vehicle accidents are significant. Any head injury sustained during an interaction with law enforcement or while under the influence of substances should also be noted.

This type of documentation can be important for your doctor and for the VA while assessing a claim. As science into the brain and methods of injury grows, the more information we can gather can help researchers who are trying to puzzle out the strange relationship of repeated concussive injury to traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

For more information on Traumatic Brain Injury - Veterans, please contact us.

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