The men and women of Georgia who have served our nation and become injured in the course of their duty are often entitled to veterans' benefits. However, as many veterans know, it can take some real effort -- and, some say, a little bit of luck -- to cut through the red tape when decisions on claims for disability benefits are delayed. And many veterans can ill afford to spend time waiting when their expenses, and their health concerns, need to be addressed.
It's no secret that war is expensive; reports on the astronomical costs of tanks, bombs and jets are fairly common in the media. But what is often not reported is the amounts owed to our country's disabled veterans. As our soldiers return from the Middle East, often after several tours of duty, many apply for disability benefits. The surge in disability applications has caused veteran disability costs to more than double in the past twelve years.
Gulf War Illness, or GWI, has always been a somewhat controversial topic in the medical community. It came to public attention shortly after the first Gulf War, when large numbers of former service men and women began to exhibit a wide range of bewildering symptoms. These symptoms included fatigue, muscle pain and impaired cognition, and they varied widely in severity.
Delta Airlines is trying to patch up its reputation after a double-amputee war veteran was humiliated by a flight crew described by another passenger as "hard as woodpecker lips." Because of his disability, the Afghanistan combat veteran was put aboard the Atlanta to Washington flight last, rolled down the aisle in a narrow aircraft wheelchair to the last row, banging into seats along the way. Two first class passengers offered their seat to the wounded Marine but the flight attendants refused to allow it because the doors were closed. Passenger outrage was palpable in the cabin and Delta was deluged with complaints when the story hit the social media.