Eligibility for PTSD-Related DIC Benefits

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a specific kind of brain injury that affects about 15% of veterans who served in the Middle East— specifically, operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Global War on Terror suffer greatly from the effects of loneliness, isolation, combat, explosions, and various other symptoms of PTSD.  Like other brain injuries, PTSD is a severe condition that requires extensive treatment and care.  A study in the New York Times found that suicide rates among post-9/11 veterans were four times as high as the number of deaths in combat.…
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PTSD and Substance Abuse

PTSD and Substance Abuse Can Lead to Early Death Researchers at Boston University have completed a study looking at the interplay between PTSD and substance abuse. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and external psychological markers like substance abuse predict early death in veterans. The study authors, who focused on veterans with PTSD, found a high risk of premature death beginning at the cellular level.  “Our study found that PTSD and comorbid conditions like substance misuse are associated with a cellular marker of early death found in DNA methylation patterns and referred to as ‘GrimAge.’” These are the words of the corresponding…
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Veteran Suicide

How Does the VA Compensate for Veteran Suicide? Veteran suicide is a huge problem. Around 7,500 soldiers have sustained fatal combat injuries during the Global War on Terror, which began on 9/11.  However, four times as many Veterans, over 30,000, have taken their own lives during this period. Moreover, adding to the tragic nature of these deaths, veterans who die in this manner may have been financial providers for their families. As a result, the sudden loss of life impacts survivors’ emotional, mental, and financial well-being. It must be shown that the veteran was mentally unsound at the time of…
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