The most common impairments among veterans receiving veterans' disability benefits are:
A new treatment for PTSD and other brain anomalies may help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is one of the most common reasons vets apply for VA disability benefits. This treatment, a type of biofeedback, helps train the brain waves in patients who have suffered brain injuries, PTSD, brain tumors and other injuries and impairments that compromise their ability to function and work.
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.
At least 30,000 veterans are ineligible for disability benefits because they were found to have a personality disorder, something the military says is a pre-existing condition. This happened even when the so-called disorder was not indentified during initial military screening or only appeared after combat duty or other stressful events, such as sexual assault or other trauma. These veterans received an administrative discharge from the military, making them ineligible for VA disability benefits since the VA does not recognize personality disorder as a compensable disability.
Between 13 and 20 percent of soldiers and marines deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This illness has gained increasing attention from the public and the news media as veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq return home.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) isn't limited to Iraq or Afghanistan veterans. After years of struggling with the Veterans Affairs department, WWII vet Stanley Friedman began receiving VA disability benefits for PTSD. Mr. Friedman is 92 years old, and when he served in North Africa in the Army Air Corps as a technical sergeant, his troop ship was subject to heavy bombardment while en route to Tunisia. Additionally, once in country, his truck convey was shelled and many of his comrades died. In the aftermath of the attack, Stanley Friedman stumbled across the body of one of his dead friends.
Many recent news stories and blog posts have focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition suffered by many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Veterans who suffer from PTSD experience disabling panic attacks, nightmares, heightened alertness, depression, and agoraphobia. They may be unable to leave their homes, talk to strangers, maintain relationships or hold jobs as a result.