THE VA HAS PROPOSED NEW PTSD REGULATIONS, EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2010. THE SUMMARY PROVIDED IN THIS BLOG ENTRY MAY BE AFFECTED BY THOSE REGULATIONS!!!
CONTACT A VETERANS’ BENEFITS ATTORNEY WHO HAS HANDLED CLAIMS FOR DISABILITY COMPENSATION FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS HOW THESE NEW REGULATIONS WILL AFFECT YOUR CLAIM.
We came across another article highlighting some of the mental health issues facing veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study on which the article is based evaluated only those who visited a a VA Medical Center within a specific time period and may not correlate to all soldiers who served or are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
However, the study is consistent with an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March 2006.
One thing that appears to be unarguable – the VA is probably not equipped to handle the volume of claims that is likely to result over the next 20-25 years for mental health illnesses that were caused by a soldier’s service in Iraq or Afghanistan. PTSD and other mental health issues do not often surface for years, sometimes decades. When they do, they are just as debilitating as any other long-term injury a soldier or service-member suffers.
Soldiers and service-members (from all periods and eras) who have service connected mental health issues often find it harder to get the benefits they deserve. Some of this is due to the social stigma associated with mental health illnesses, and some of it is because you can’t always “see” the visible signs of a mental health impairment.
If you are a US Veteran, and are having difficulty securing disability benefits for your service-connected mental health disability, it is advisable to contact a Veterans’ Service Organization or a VA Benefits Attorney for assistance. You can also read this Series in our Veterans’ Benefits Blog: “How to Prove your Claim for Veterans’ Disability due to Service-Connected PTSD”.
Chris Attig, attorney with the Attig Law Firm, PLLC, will provide a free consultation to veterans who may need legal assistance for the VA disability benefits. Contact the Attig Law Firm, today.