Veterans here in Alabama are well aware that during the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed Agent Orange, a defoliating agent, to clear vegetation from enemy territory. In addition, it was possible for some veterans to have contacted this dangerous chemical outside of Vietnam and Korea, in particular in bases in Thailand or while working with planes used to transport the chemical. Unfortunately, at that time the military was unaware of the various harmful effects of Agent Orange on all those who were exposed to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brain injuries can be suffered during wars and otherwise during military service. Brain injuries can impact the sufferer's work life, family life and personal life by impacting their ability to work, disturbing their mood and emotions, and altering their personality.