If you have been following our blog, you have read about the uphill battle that many veterans face when seeking to qualify for disability benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Previous to their filing, veterans may have grappled daily with the anxiety and depression that characterize this disorder. In choosing to publicly acknowledge mental struggles, these former service members risk association with the stigma that is paired with PTSD. In spite of the social implications that can result from admitting to be suffering from PTSD, these former soldiers seek relief that mental health benefit can provide.
Our nation's military members put their lives on the line for our country from the moment they sign up. Whether on the frontlines of military conflict, or participating in grueling training exercises, these individual's health and well-being is put at risk for the greater good. Unfortunately, far too often these brave men and women are seriously injured while performing their duties. When this happens, they may struggle not only physically and emotionally, but also financially.
Anybody who has applied for Social Security disability benefits knows that the wait times can be excessively long. Individuals who may be too sick, injured, or otherwise incapable of working can financially suffer while they await a determination of their SSD claim. This isn't fair, but there is very little an individual can do except ensure that his or her claim is as thorough and convincing as possible to lessen the chances of denial and thereby decrease the time an appeal would have tacked onto the wait. For some disabled individuals, though, this may be changing.
Our country's military personnel are sometimes asked to put their lives on the line. Most of us think of this danger manifesting itself in the form of enemy fire and explosives, but there are other hazardous conditions soldiers can face while in the field. Some of these conditions can lead to serious medical conditions that can have long-term effects.
The brave men and women who serve in our country's armed forces often wind up facing significant challenges after returning to civilian life. Many Missouri veterans suffer physical injuries while on active duty, which can leave them with serious pain and physical limitations. Many veterans also suffer mental harm, which can affect their lives just as much as, if not more than, a physical injury.
Serving in our nation's military is a brave endeavor. Those who put their lives on the line to serve our country should be treated with respect, and our country should promise to take care of those who suffer injuries as part of their service. Many military service members take advantage of disability benefits, but the process can be complicated and, unfortunately, extremely lengthy. This wait time can leave injured veterans in a tough financial predicament, threatening their very well-being.
Previously, this blog discussed how the U.S. Senate passed a bill aimed at helping veterans receive benefits for fertility treatment. This is a big win for our nation's bravest, but as we have discussed before, there are many challenges when it comes to seeking out Social Security disability or other benefits intended for veterans. These difficulties shouldn't deter disabled vets from seeking what they deserve, though, as successfully obtaining benefits could mean securing financial stability for a long time to come.
Back in March, we discussed how the Department of Veterans Affairs was denying disabled veterans the benefits they need in order to pursue in-vitro fertilization. For those who have served our country by putting their lives on the line, this is no small matter. The cost for fertility treatment and in-vitro fertilization can be staggering, putting our wounded vets in the precarious position of choosing between a family and significant debt.
Veterans who put their lives on the line for the betterment of our country often have a lot to deal with once they return home. They might have experienced significant trauma while serving in the military, and many of our brave men and women in uniform suffer devastating injuries. These harms can make it difficult to readjust to normal civilian life. In fact, many veterans are rendered unable to work once they enter civilian life, causing a significant amount of financial strain.
The federal government offers military service members a number of benefits both to incentivize them to join the military and to reward them for their service to our country. These individuals may be able to receive educational benefits, as well as housing and employment opportunities that may not be available to civilians. Yet, the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces often suffer unexpected physical and mental injuries while on active duty. This can significantly affect their post-service life, sometimes rendering them unable to work and carry out what many would consider to be a normal life.