July 8, 2019

{Guest Post} Wounded Warriors: Fighting the Fight After the Battle is Over

Wounded Warriors: Fighting the Fight After the Battle is Over
United State veterans live a life like no other. Combat veterans have seen it all and unfortunately, once they come home, they suffer from some unique health issues that most civilians cannot understand. 

It is important to increase the visibility of these silent struggles, as civilian awareness is key to ensuring our veterans get the health coverage they both need and deserve. Most veterans aren’t aware of the silent struggles they’re facing, so it is up to their friends and family to keep a watchful eye out. 

Here are three common health problems that affect veterans every day.

PTSD and Additional Mental Health Disorders
Mental health conditions have become much more prevalent in veterans within the past couple of years. This could be related to the fact that within military culture, mental health is stigmatized and can often be a source of shame. Because of this, many veterans do not seek mental health treatment, and unfortunately, this has led to a growing epidemic when it comes to military and veteran suicides. 

Some common veteran mental health conditions include:
  • PTSD; a mental health condition that veterans can develop after witnessing traumatic events
  • Depression; a feeling of despondency and isolation 
  • Insomnia; not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Anxiety; intense and excessive worry
  • Suicidal ideation; thinking about and planning suicide
It is important to know that symptoms of mental health can show in a variety of ways, but luckily mental health conditions are easily treatable.

Agent Orange Exposure
For those veterans who have served in Vietnam, Agent Orange exposure can be especially dangerous. There is a multitude of diseases correlated to Agent Orange exposure including heart disease, respiratory and prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, diabetes, soft tissue sarcoma, and Hodgkin’s disease.

The VA offers compensation for veterans who have suffered at the hands of Agent Orange. And even recently, a new decision was made that allows Vietnam Blue Water Veterans to claim benefits for these health conditions that were not originally offered to them. 

Hearing Loss
Hearing injury is the number one service-related injury for combat veterans. Due to their close proximity to aircraft, bombs, explosions, gunfire, and artillery, veterans suffer from both hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus is when a person experiences a consistent buzzing or ringing that makes it impossible for the individual to experience silence. 

The physical and mental effects of hearing loss can go beyond their years of service; it is common for a veteran to experience insomnia, difficulty concentrating, social anxiety, isolation, and eventual cognitive decline. There are plenty of benefits available to veterans who suffer from hearing loss, and Hill and Ponton Disability Attorneys have created a VA hearing disability calculator to help you determine what you are eligible for. 

Veterans are the people who have fought for our freedom and safety, and they deserve proper health care to ensure their sacrifices have not gone ignored. 

Thank you to Matt Hill for sharing this valuable information. Mr. Hill focuses his practice on representing disabled veterans. He represents veterans and their dependents across the nation. In addition to representing the disabled, Mr. Hill is a recognized authority on VA law. For more information on VA law, please check out Hill and Ponton Disability Attorneys www.hillandponton.com