Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often an unwelcome companion to physical traumatic injury when soldiers, sailors or Marines are wounded or otherwise hurt. Although the Veterans' Administration (VA) does its best to address both the physical and psychological needs of former service members, it may require some more effort to get over the hump.
The Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs (Watson) at Brown University keeps track of the costs of war. One of their responsibilities includes taking an accounting of the number of United States service members who die on the battlefield. The school also tracks the number of veterans who file post-combat disability claims. Watson keeps an accounting of the reasons why soldiers request such benefits as well.
Alabama residents who have served in the Armed Forces deserve a debt of gratitude. For some, their service led to injuries and disabilities. When this is the case, it is important for them to understand how veterans' injuries can warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits. If the veteran has been categorized as 100% disabled, they are eligible to have their case expedited.
America's population is, overall, getting older. This is a good thing, since it shows that, compared to previous generations, Americans now live longer, healthier lives.
Our country rightly devotes quite a bit of resources to military veterans. In the last couple of decades, many veterans' issues that were not previously in the spotlight have been pushed to the forefront, including the rate of suicides by veterans. It is heartbreaking to think of our nation's military veterans feeling so hopeless that they believe suicide is the only option. Fortunately, some bipartisan support for legislation may devote even more resources to this sensitive area.
United States servicemembers work hard to protect our country. When they leave the service and achieve veteran status, they deserve to have a country that works hard to take care of their needs. That is why veterans' benefits exist, and our law firm works hard to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.
For many military veterans in Alabama, the benefits they receive are crucial to their finances. Particularly those who receive disability benefits, as they may have a limited ability to work and earn an income. Fortunately, each year Congress usually passes legislation to increase veterans' benefits with a cost-of-living adjustment. This year, according to reports, is no different.
With the recent anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks that changed the very nature of our country and, indeed, the world, it is important to remember that America has been on a "war footing" for over a decade now. Thousands of young men and women in our country are veterans who have been exposed to the traumatizing nature of war. Adjusting to post-service life for these veterans when their time in the service is over can be a significant issue.
Veterans in Alabama and throughout the country can face many different issues as they transition from active duty in the service to civilian life, particularly if they have health issues or disabilities from their time in the military. Fortunately, our government helps veterans in many respects, and it appears that newly introduced legislation aims to provide further support to those who have served in the military.
Last week, a post on this blog discussed how an applicant can appeal a disability decision made by the Department of Veterans' affairs on or after February 19, 2019. The earlier appeal process will continue for decisions made before February 19, 2019. As there may be many people in Alabama, and elsewhere, who had their claims disallowed before February 19, 2019, it will be prudent to discuss the old appeal process as well since those applicants have one year to file an appeal against their decision.