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Helping a Loved One with PTSD

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

When your loved one comes home from military service, they may carry mental and emotional burdens related to their time in service. If they have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can almost seem as if they are a different person. Living with someone suffering with PTSD can be confusing and sometimes scary, but it is manageable. According to the VA, here are several ways you can help make the transition to civilian life easy for the veteran.

They know what they are going through, and focusing on the negatives in life can only exaggerate the problem. Highlighting the positives in a situation or about themselves can lift spirits and stabilize moods.

When a veteran is dealing with PTSD, they can sometimes feel as if there is no one around for them, since those closest to them in service are gone. Scheduling time with friends and family shows the veteran people care for them.

Playing sports, going for bike rides or simply going for a walk can alleviate the stress and depression that often comes with PTSD. Keeping active distracts from any trauma and scientifically releases dopamine, which helps stabilize moods and releases more positive feelings.

One of the most important things that anyone with PTSD needs is therapy. Getting professional help is essential to the veteran coming to terms with their trauma; however, therapy is expensive and getting help from the VA can be difficult, especially if the condition has not been deemed by VA to be service connected. The Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly understands the struggles veterans go through to get the help they deserve.  If you or your loved one have been denied a claim for compensation by the VA, give us a call, we are dedicated to help veterans and their families establish the benefits to which they are entitled.  Contact us at 877-838-1010 or contact us here.

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Receiving Benefits from Exposure to Agent Orange

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Medical researchers have discovered many connections between Agent Orange—an herbicide and defoliant used during the Vietnam War—and a number of diseases and illnesses that plague veterans today. Because of this medical link, the VA has created a list of conditions which it has acknowledged are due to a veteran’s in-service exposure to herbicides. These illnesses include: 

● AL Amyloidosis
● Chronic B-cell Leukemias
● Chloracne (or similar acneiform disease)
● Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
● Hodgkin’s Disease
● Ischemic Heart Disease
● Multiple Myeloma
● Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
● Parkinson’s Disease
● Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
● Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
● Respiratory Cancers
● Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

If you currently have one of these illnesses and served in the Republic of Vietnam at any point between 1961 and 1971, you may be entitled to receive VA disability compensation benefits. The first step toward filing for benefits is establishing service connection.

To establish service connection due to Agent Orange exposurea veteran must provide documentation of a current disease with a medical diagnosis and evidence of stepping foot on land or serving in the inland waterways in the Republic of Vietnam (or any of the other places which VA has recognized were in close proximity to or treated with Agent Orange). To file this claim with the VA, fill out VA Form 21-526, attaching any medical records (service, VA or private) pertaining to your illness, certified copy of your DD 214 or other records to document your Vietnam service, and copies of marriage certificates divorce decrees and dependent birth certificates. Attaching these documents is not necessary if they are unavailable to you, or if you have previously submitted them, but will speed up the process. 

If you have already made a claim and believe you have been wrongfully denied or simply need help walking through the claims process, the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly can assist you in getting the benefits you deserve. We specialize in getting veterans their compensation, pension, and other benefits they earned with their service. If you would like our help, contact us today.

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