Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that more the 24,000 veterans will be given another chance to receive disability compensation for their traumatic brain injuries (TBI), despite the fact that their claims were initially denied.
According to a VA press release, this move comes after a national review of TBI medical exams found that many veterans were being denied benefits even though their initial medical examinations were conducted by someone other than one of the four designated medical specialists - either a neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychologist or psychiatrist.
This particular announcement includes post 9/11 veterans whose TBI disability claims were processed between the years of 2007 and 2015.
It is time to make things right
When discussing this recent development, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald was quoted as saying, "We let these Veterans down."
Given this recent decision, affected veterans will now be able to receive another medical exam without having to file a new claim. In addition, if compensation is due, it will be awarded back to the date of the initial TBI claim.
While these actions are certainly a positive step for vets, they are also a prime example of how our veterans often have an uphill battle when it comes to qualifying for veteran disability benefits.
If you have questions about these benefits or wish to speak with one of our disability advocates, call Rep For Vets® today at 1-888-5-REPVET.