National Military Appreciation Month is observed in May, which honors the present and former members of the United States Armed Forces, including those who have given their lives for our country. At Rob Levine & Associates, we are committed to honoring their sacrifice by helping veterans navigate the VA disability system and get the benefits they deserve. While many veterans seek VA disability benefits for service-related physical disabilities, they can also qualify for certain mental health and neurological conditions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Although considered a relatively new term in the medical community, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is common for veterans returning from service. Past generations used the term “shell shocked” or “battle-weary” to describe what we now know as PTSD.
Symptoms can include nightmares, anxiety, feeling numb or withdrawn, flashbacks, difficulty interacting with others, and feelings of hopelessness and despair. Many veterans with PTSD struggle with drug and alcohol addiction as well as holding a job. With the severity of these symptoms, the effects of PTSD can trickle down into all areas of a veteran’s life.
VA disability compensation is not limited to veterans with PTSD from a combat stressor. PTSD resulting from domestic stressors may qualify as well.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury refers to a significant injury to the brain, which is often the result of exposure to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), vehicle crashes, falls, and other accidents. Although a mild concussion may not seem serious, if left untreated there could be significant cognitive and personality issues down the line.
The VA recognizes that TBIs can have a diverse impact on veterans’ health. Veterans may suffer from a TBI if they have headaches, depression, dizziness, nausea, irritability, vomiting as well as difficulty with concentration or memory. With recent changes to VA law and the implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA), it may be easier for veterans with TBI to receive VA disability compensation for depression, dementia, seizures, or Parkinson’s Disease.
The effects of PTSD and TBIs can be detrimental to a veteran’s life. Applying for disability benefits can add unnecessary stress if done without an experienced Veterans Disability attorney. Contact the Veterans Disability team at Rob Levine & Associates today for a free case evaluation. We will work to get the VA benefits you deserve.