Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Basics of Veterans’ Benefits

The U.S. annual total spending is normally divided into three parts: discretionary, mandatory, and interest on federal debt. Discretionary and mandatory spending are subdivided into many different parts, including veterans’ benefits, transportation, food and agriculture, and science. Veterans’ benefits is among the few facets of the annual budget that have mandatory and discretionary allocations, which may show how the government values the welfare of retired military personnel.

Any veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who sustained injury during military service and suffers a resulting illness may be eligible to receive veterans’ benefits. However, the veteran must meet certain requirements during application prior to securing the benefits. Normally, the eligible beneficiaries are active service members with an impending discharge through either the Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program or the BDD Quick Start claim process.

To apply for veterans’ disability benefits, the personnel must fill out and submit the Veteran’s Application for Compensation and/or Pension and a separation or discharge paperwork. These forms together with supporting documents will be reviewed by the VA’s Board of Veterans Appeals to determine the regular amount the beneficiary will receive.

The amount to be given monthly is determined based on the applicant’s degree of disability. This ranges from $127 to $3,100 per month. If the applicant has dependents, this will be considered in the computation, which may increase the regular subsidy. The basis of the application is for the veteran to prove that his injury is service-related.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hire a Veterans Disability Attorney to Help Finalize Your PTSD Claim

PTSD can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. Someone suffering from PTSD often is subject to flashbacks and nightmares to their traumatic event while having to deal with changes to their thought processes, like heightened feelings of fear, guilt, and shame along with paranoia. This is where a skilled veterans disability attorney from firms like Fight 4 Vets would be able to help. An experienced disability benefits attorney would be able to make filing your PTSD claim easier. With the increase of PTSD cases, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Having a lawyer representing you ensures that your claim will get the proper attention. Additionally, you would be able to avoid any mistakes that you could possibly make in the filing process. There are several things that someone wanting to make a PTSD claim needs to know.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Need PTSD Treatment? Have a Veterans Disability Lawyer File Your Claim

A skilled veterans disability lawyer can file a PTSD claim with the VA so that you can claim disability benefits, which will help with your treatment. To fully qualify for a PTSD claim, a veteran has to meet the following requirements. First, the veteran needs to have received a legitimate PTSD diagnosis. Second, a written statement about the traumatic event that caused the disorder. Third, the traumatic event needs to be consistent with the veteran’s service record; an example would be that the event was noted as part of a combat incident that the veteran was confirmed to be part of. Finally, there needs to be a medical opinion that the traumatic event was sufficient enough to cause PTSD from either a psychologist or psychiatrist directly employed by the VA or under contract from the VA.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Enduring Impact of Agent Orange Today

The U.S. military has a long history of experimenting on various weapons to win its wars. One of them that continues to have an impact to this day is Agent Orange, a type of herbicide used to destroy crops and vegetation in enemy territory. While it was never intended to target humans directly, Agent Orange is now believed to be the cause of leukemia, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and other ailments to many former American servicemen and women.
Agent Orange is perhaps most well-known for its use in the Vietnam War, where about 20 million gallons of tactical herbicides were deployed by the U.S. military between 1962 and 1971. However, Agent Orange was also used in other occasions, particularly when parts of the Korean demilitarized zone had to be cleared out between 1968 and 1971. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, former service personnel who were stationed in bases where Agent Orange was stored or tested are among those most likely to suffer from the side-effects of this herbicide.
The side-effects don’t just end with the affected individuals, though. In Vietnam, about 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange. Just some of the disabilities that they currently suffer from are spina bifida (protruding lump in the spine), physical deformities, and psychological problems.
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