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VA Disability for burn pit exposure

Although they are not readily awarded and difficult to obtain, veterans' disability benefits are available for burn pit exposure. However, there must be concrete evidence to show that the issues a veteran is experiencing are the direct result of the exposure to a burn pit that contained toxic substances.

3M Military Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

The Minnesota-based 3M Company, a defense contractor, sold its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to the military without disclosing defects that decreased the effectiveness of the hearing protection. 3M violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing to be sold defective 3M ear plugs to the U.S. military. 3M decided to settle in order to avoid a lengthy legal battle. These defective earplugs were standard-issue for U.S. military members from 2003 to 2015. The defective ear plugs may have caused significant hearing loss or tinnitus in military Veterans.

War related injuries series: Hearing and vision loss

In this post, we would like to discuss hearing and vision loss among military service members. Hearing loss and tinnitus are especially prevalent among members of the military due to time spent around loud noises, such as gunfire or explosions. Vision loss can be related to injuries from shrapnel, or other medical conditions.

VA Must Pay Disability Benefits to "Blue Water" Vietnam Veterans

On January 29, 2019, a 9-2 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned past court opinions and stated that the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot deny disability benefits to Vietnam veterans who claim exposure to cancer-causing chemical defoliants merely because those veterans served in the waters off the coastline of Vietnam and not inland. This is a major victory for "blue water" Navy veterans who have fought for years over these denials.

War-related injuries series: Traumatic brain injury

In the second post of our war-related injuries series we would like to highlight traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These have been noted as the "significant injury" of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Approximately 350,000 TBI diagnoses have been made among military members since 2000. A range of 11-23% of those were among individuals who were deployed.

War-related injuries series: Ankle and foot

Welcome you to the first post in our new war-related injuries series. In this series, we will take a closer look at a few of the common injuries soldiers in post-combat deal with on an everyday basis. Upon returning home, our veterans then find themselves in a new war - one to obtain both VA and Social Security disability benefits.

Can Veterans draw Social Security Disability benefits for PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, can severely affect military veterans upon return to civilian life. Symptoms can become severe, to the point of hindering a person from being able to function normally in society or hold down a full-time job. Therefore, Social Security Disability benefits are available to Veterans in addition to any Veterans' disability already paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Social Security Disability and veterans' benefits

Disabled veterans may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits at the same time they receive disability through the Veteran's Administration (VA). VA benefits are available to military veterans who suffered a disability while on active duty. Social Security Disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a disability and also meet necessary work history requirements.

Help for veterans with disability benefits

Both veterans who suffer from a disability because of an injury or disease and their family members may be able to receive disability and other benefits through the VA. For veterans to receive the compensation and benefits that they need, they should be familiar with the options to help them obtain benefits and address whatever veterans' issues as they arise.

Disability options for veterans

This blog recently discussed concerns related to brain injuries in veterans and the importance of disability protections for our veterans. It is important for veterans and their families to understand that if they are disabled due to an injury or illness they may be eligible for veterans' benefits through the VA.

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