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Obtaining VA disability benefits for PTSD

Many people in Georgia are currently in the military or served in the military at some point in time. There are many requirements for people in the military and many will be deployed at some point during their time in the military. These deployments can send people in the military to many different places and many times it involves being in combat. During these situations, soldiers can experience some very traumatic events. These events can have a lasting impact on a person's life that can affect the individuals for a long time.

Process for determining VA disability benefits

There are many people in Georgia who are either actively in the military or were active duty members at one point in time. These people serve a very important service for our country, but it is a dangerous one and many things can happen when people are performing their duties. Many people come home from tours with significant injuries that can be a lifelong issue for some people. These injuries can make life very difficult and limit their ability to earn income as well.

Medical conditions covered by VA disability benefits

There are many veterans in Georgia and they have provided a tremendous service to their country and sacrificed a lot in doing so. It can be very difficult being away from friends and family for extended periods of time. They are also often times in dangerous situations and are risking their lives when performing their duties. Many also suffer injuries as well while in service. These injuries also can last much longer than just their time in the military and the injuries could affect them for a very long time and sometimes the rest of their lives.

Veterans' disability system changes proposed

There have been criticisms that the number and complexity of medical examinations and costs in the veterans' disability system are excessive. To combat this, the federal government has proposed a series of reforms in the President's 2020 budget that would revise medical examinations for veterans benefits.

VA may not fight appeal of Navy veterans' benefits

Awarding benefits for war-related injuries is not always assured. Thousands of navy veterans are ineligible for veterans benefits for any disability from their exposure to chemical defoliants used in the Vietnam War, which have been associated with serious and rare cancers. However, the Department of Veterans' Affairs does not recommend appealing a federal court ruling awarding disability benefits to veterans who claim exposure to these chemicals during ship deployments off Vietnam's coast.

What is a 'service-connected' disability claim?

Many of our brave military men and women come back from serving our country with injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during their time in service. These medical conditions are often considered "service-connected." Veterans with service-connected conditions are generally eligible for non-taxable disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unless the veteran was dishonorably discharged.

Can one receive both veterans' benefits and SSD benefits?

Disabled veterans in Georgia and across the United States often come back home after serving our country to find that their injury or illness keeps them from working. Fortunately, the Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration both offer veterans' benefits for military men and women who suffered a disability while serving our country.

Applying for SSD benefits as a veteran

When one thinks of a veteran, the word "hero" comes to mind. Veterans have made great efforts to protect our country and some suffered devastating injuries in the process. Veterans may receive benefits for their service, but in many cases, these benefits are not nearly enough . Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be available to those who have suffered war-related injuries. The Social Security program is separate from the VA disability compensation program, so any VA compensation does not affect SSD benefits.

New updates for Georgia veterans

Veterans in Georgia and throughout the United States saw a lot of changes occur at the Department of Veterans Affairs and in Congress over the past couple of weeks. While their ultimate effect on veterans benefits and services remains to be seen, the changes represent movement in a bureaucracy often known for its glacial swiftness. The hope is that more veterans will ultimately receive the services and benefits they need more quickly and efficiently.

New law expands health care options for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest agencies in the United States government and is charged with overseeing the myriad benefits, including health care and financial assistance, that those who have served in the U.S. military services have earned. Unfortunately, as the number of vets has grown in recent years - due largely to actions in Afghanistan and Iraq - the agency has struggled with delivering VA benefits to the vets that are entitled to receive them. At the same time, VA has undergone a crisis of leadership with no current secretary yet confirmed after the previous VA secretary was fired in March.

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