In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Memorial Day, it’s important to shed light on the population of vulnerable veterans who struggle with lasting effects on their mental health from their time in service.
As a veteran, you sacrifice time, energy, and mental health to serve and protect this country. Veterans are honored for their duty, but the glory doesn’t always last forever. It’s common for veterans to suffer the effects from their time in service making it hard for them to adjust to life again. These effects impact the way they show up in our society. It may be more difficult for them to find a job, have relationships, and fulfill everyday self-care. All these factors can deplete the quality of a veteran’s life, Veterans Disability Lawyers see this need and fight for those who fight for us.
A common mental health condition faced by veterans is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD is defined as, “PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault” (2022). This condition causes symptoms such as severe anxiety, depression, insomnia, and flashbacks. Individuals who suffer from this condition may experience symptoms differently than others.
Fortunately, there are various treatment options for individuals that suffer from PTSD. Possible treatments include various types of therapy and medication. Although these treatments are available, they are not always accessible to people who need them. With skyrocketing medical expenses and a lack of a proper diagnosis, many veterans don’t understand their symptoms and turn to alternative self-soothing methods like abusing unprescribed drugs and alcohol.
When it comes to covering the cost of treatment needed to maintain symptoms after war veterans are tasked to reach out to the Veterans Association. While the VA is charged with handling the needs of veterans, often veterans are overlooked and underrepresented.
At Rob Levine & Associates we see this cycle and work to ensure veterans have the resources they need. Our team of Veteran Disability lawyers are well-versed in policies established by the VA and work with them to handle your claim. Our attorneys assist veterans in applying for Veterans’ Disability and handle veterans’ disability appeals.
This Memorial Day, take time to give thanks to current soldiers, fallen soldiers, and veterans who are still trying to navigate life after serving. If you know a veteran suffering from a mental or physical ailment connected to their service, suggest they contact a Veteran’s Disability Lawyer to get them the resources they need to maintain a quality life. Contact Rob Levine & Associates for more information today!