Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after an individual experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. While most survivors eventually return to normal, some have reactions that don’t go away – or may even get worse. They are often left with nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, or a host of other debilitating symptoms.
For more than a decade, the Social Security Administration has been expediting Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors. Service members who get injured during active duty (on or after October 1, 2001) are eligible for fast-track processing, which can shave months or, even years, off the time it can take to get approved and awarded Disability benefits.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and drawn out process ― unless you are a 100% disabled veteran. In that case, you get high priority. In March 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new initiative and began fast-tracking paperwork for veterans who have been deemed 100% disabled by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Let’s face it. Applying for and collecting veteran disability benefits is confusing. There’s red tape – and plenty of it. One of the biggest misconceptions is that veterans can’t collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if they’re already collecting Veteran Affairs (VA) Disability benefits. We’re here to lay that myth to rest. It is possible to collect both simultaneously.
Wounds of war aren’t left on the battlefield. When military men and women return home after a tour of duty, they bring with them more than just honor and glory. They bring a host of unique health troubles. Some injuries, such as lost limbs or combat wounds, are immediate and obvious. Other ailments, such as lung disease and mental health issues, can develop over time and are often ill-defined. Here’s a look at common veterans’ health problems:
It may be America’s birthday, but not everyone looks forward to Fourth of July celebrations ― especially military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ironically, the most patriotic holiday ― and the loud and vibrant fireworks that come with it ― can be extremely nerve-wracking for veterans who fought for our freedoms.