The Department of Veterans Affairs is notorious for its red tape. Some injured veterans hoping for disability benefits spend months building a thorough application only to find their claim denied or underrated. In order to appeal the decision, veterans need to bring their claim to either a local Decision Review Officer or to the Board of Veterans Appeals. Unfortunately, either option can result in months and even years of waiting for a response. During this time, many struggle to earn a living and put food on the table for their families. (more…)
Military service demands certain sacrifices, but few realize just how demanding active duty can be on a person’s mental state. While much is made about post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not recognize personality disorders as a disability that can be compensated by the VA. Viewed instead as genetic or developmental disorders, personality disorders can make it difficult for veterans to get the benefits they need. However, if you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder, you may still be eligible for benefits for disabilities connected to your disorder. (more…)
Most people experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, spinal injuries are all too common for veterans. Military lifestyle, deployment and training often lead to spine conditions that can last a lifetime. These conditions can be debilitating, seriously threatening to your ability to hold down a job or partake in hobbies you once enjoyed. (more…)
Invisible injuries can be just as serious and life-altering as more obvious ailments. Unfortunately for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries, it can be difficult to prove to others just how much of an impact the injury has had on their daily life. Thankfully, if you have sustained a brain injury during your military service, you may be entitled to benefits. Recovering such benefits, however, can be difficult. Keep reading to understand more about military TBI, how they are rated and how you can go about seeking the compensation you deserve. (more…)
If you are a veteran who is struggling with a disability that stems from your time in the military, you may be entitled to VA disability benefits. Though the initial filing can be fairly straightforward, the resulting procedures can be slow and require near-constant oversight. Should a claim be denied or underrated, the resulting appeals process can require even more attention. Given how labor-intensive the process of obtaining disability compensation can be, you may want to consider seeking help from someone with skills and experience such as a Veteran Service Officer. (more…)
As Americans, our legal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are considered inalienable. When our lives become complicated by our careers, families and health problems, however, those deeply personal rights need protecting. Power of attorney is a useful legal tool often used in cases where a person needs the legal aid of a representative. This tool is often used in situations where a person is incapacitated and can no longer make responsible decisions for themselves.
There is perhaps no greater sense of relief than the one felt by a veteran finally approved for VA unemployment (TDIU) benefits. Conversely, many feel a sense of anxiety and frustration when they discover their benefits could be reduced or taken away altogether. Though rare, benefit reductions can seriously change the way a veteran lives their life. The reality is that as disabilities improve, some wounds can heal and therefore benefits change. Veterans need to understand that unless the veteran is deemed permanently and totally disabled the VA can reexamine and reduce a person’s disability rating (and therefore their TDIU benefits) at any time.
Military service requires certain sacrifices. Whether giving up time with loved ones or personal safety, all veterans have made sacrifices for their country. When the results of those sacrifices jeopardize a veteran’s ability to work, however, it can be difficult to pay the bills and put food on the table. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs offers Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits for disabled veterans (38 C.F.R. § 4.16).
Military service requires trust in your colleagues like no other career. With lives on the line, it is no wonder veterans feel such a strong connection to their brothers in arms. When this trust is violated, the fallout can be incredibly traumatic. Dealing with sexual assault of any kind is difficult, but when victims must continue to work side by side their abuser, healing is virtually impossible. Even after they leave the service, the men and women who have suffered from Military Sexual Trauma, or MST, can struggle to cope.
The old military adage “never leave a man behind” is one that dates back to ancient Rome. Even then, fierce loyalty and bravery was innate among servicemen. While the phrase is still used today, it unfortunately does not always apply to our nation’s disabled veterans. Though these men and women made great personal sacrifices for their country, too many are left with expensive medical bills, pain and suffering and a lack of opportunities for their future.