Disability Benefits

Class-Action Lawsuit Wins Benefits for Veterans with PTSD

It has been said before that veterans were denied proper diagnosis and/or appropriate disability awards for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) acquired while serving in the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Now it’s been proven by a court.  Seven veterans, working with the veterans advocacy group, National Veterans Legal Services Program, filed the class action …

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Study Measures Benefits of Service Dogs on Veterans with PTSD, Open For Participants

Florida veterans have a very special opportunity to participate in a study which takes the next step in researching ways to help veterans with the debilitating effects of PTSD.  So many times we hear “go find a mental health professional.”  This is, of course, a good plan of action, but sometimes more is needed.  This …

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Get the Right Disability Rating

A veteran emailed me last night about a breathing problem he developed after deployment to the Middle East. We’ll call him Bob. The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to recognize his condition, which is probably constrictive bronchiolitis or something similar, and gave him a low-ball rating. I encouraged Bob to get a civilian doctor’s …

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What To Do With TRICARE When You ETS

Not all veterans receive a disability rating when they separate from the service.  While it is technically possible to receive health care from a VA Health Care Center, the likelihood is somewhat small.  For these veterans, their first option may be to extend TRICARE coverage via several options for a certain period of time after …

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