During past wars and conflicts, being on the lookout for soldiers with mental conditions was not as prevalent as it is today. Predominantly, if soldiers were diagnosed with something in service, it was a personality disorder and they were processed out. Mental health professionals were not on the lookout for PTSD like they are today. […]
Archives for June 2014
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) has been a hot-button issue of late. There was a strong push in Congress to adopt the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). Senator Kristen Gillibrand (NY-D) is hoping to pass a law so that when someone in the military is sexually assaulted, the process is removed from the chain of command […]
The veteran’s claims processing system is set up to be easy for veterans to navigate. Unfortunately, the laws governing the VA benefits system are extremely complex, and veterans do not always know the right arguments to raise, or the right evidence to submit, in support of their claims. They often need help with a veterans […]
Any time our military spends an extended duration at certain foreign locations, the chances of finding new and different environmental hazards increases. The reason for this is that over time, there is simply a larger sample size of veterans to study to see if patterns develop. Because of an increasing amount of Vietnam veterans that […]
One of the things that makes veterans disability law so confusing is that there are so many different places where a case can be. Generally, there are three different adjudicative bodies that decide veterans’ cases: (1) the regional office, (2) the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and (3) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. […]
Since 2009 the number of veterans who receive VA compensation for service-connected sleep apnea has increased almost 150%. In 2010 USA TODAY noticed an increase, claiming that 63,118 veterans were receiving benefits for the condition. In 2013 there were 127,713 veterans rated at 50%!! If we were just to assume they were single with no dependents, that would be around $1.25 billion for just the year.