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Mental Impairments/PTSD Archives

Veteran Declared Dead Said He Was Feeling "Chipper"

Veterans have become accustomed to horror stories about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially those involving problems with VA disability benefits and health care. However, some incidents are so alarming that they bear repeating. Some of veterans have been declared dead by the VA when they are actually very much alive.

Explanations for the Increase in PTSD

There has been a lot of attention paid to the growing incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2009, the number of veterans qualifying for disability benefits because of PTSD has nearly doubled. The current number of veterans in this category, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle, is about 684,000.

Suicide Reveals Cracks in the VA Disability System

The suicide of a Marine Corps veteran highlights the ways disabled veterans can fall through the cracks. The veteran of several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan served for eight years before leaving the Marines in 2012 and applying for VA disability benefits. He died on October 6 at a shooting range in Oceanside, California.

A New Group of Veterans May Be Eligible for Disability and Other Benefits

Veterans of the war in Vietnam who have less-than-honorable discharges may finally be eligible for upgrades that could result in disability, education and medical benefits. The Department of Defense recently released guidelines that instructed independent review boards to consider symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), either at the time of review or when the vet was discharged. Many advocates and experts believe that PTSD may have contributed to the behavior that resulted in a less-than -honorable-discharge.

New Study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Part 2

In our previous blog we discussed a new study of post-traumatic stress among veterans funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the study, reported in the New York Times on August 7, 2014, is ground-breaking in that veterans with war trauma have never been studied for so long, it also confirms at least some of what we already know.

New Study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Part 1

A recent story in the New York Times highlights the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder, often called PTSD, among Vietnam veterans. The study has revealed a number of disturbing demographic issues that continue to cause problems, not just for the vets but for society at large.