According to an article posted by CNN, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is spending an increasing amount of money on the benefits that it provides to disabled veterans. After over 10 years of war in the Middle East, and with troops coming home every day, it is important that disabled veterans are aware of the benefits that are available to them. The following information should help you in understanding just how much the VA is dedicating to those who have fought bravely for their country and how you can apply for the benefits that you have earned.
Rising Number of Disabled Veterans Receiving Benefits
According to the article, “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expects to spend $57 billion on disability benefits next year. That’s up 25% from $46 billion this year, and nearly quadruple the $15 billion spent in 2000, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.” The rise in returning veterans who have incurred disabilities is accounted for by two factors. First is the fact that, with more troops fighting, there are naturally going to be more veterans returning. Statistically speaking, odds ensure that a certain portion of these veterans will need the disability benefits that the VA offers.
The second reason why the surge in disabled veterans has occurred is related to the advancement of medical technology. With so many breakthroughs in the field of healthcare, medics are better able to care for soldiers. As such, they can save the lives of men and women who, without such cutting edge technology and treatment options, would have died from their injuries. Larry Korb, who is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is quoted in the article as saying: “This is the cost of going to war. We’ve made so much progress in medicine [that] you’re going to have a lot of people survive their injuries who didn’t in the past.”
Overall, the article reports that 633,000 veterans have sustained a disability while serving their country. This translates into one out of every four of the troops who have fought throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
Accessing Disability Compensation
The benefits that you can receive regarding disability compensation vary, depending upon the extent of your injuries and whether or not you have dependents. As such, it is a good idea to talk to a representative of the VA to learn more about the compensation that you are individually eligible to receive. However, you can visit the VA’s website (benefits.va.gov/compensation) to learn more about the different kinds of disability compensation that are available. From here, you can also apply for benefits and learn more about other programs that the VA has created to assist you in adapting to civilian life after completing your service.
You have served your country and have earned the benefits that the VA has to offer. You may find it difficult to navigate the world of disability compensation at first, as there are several different kinds of benefits that are available and each have their own set of guidelines; however, with the support of a VA representative, you can apply for the compensation that will help you cover the medical and other costs that you incur.
Reference: Article from CNN on Veterans Disability