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What are some common injuries veterans face?

After being involved in a war, it's understandable and expected that a veteran may have health issues. Veterans have unique health needs that must be met. Disability benefits are just one potential way for them to get the medical care and income they need while they recover.

What kinds of medical conditions do veterans deal with? Anything from mental health disorders to long-term physical injuries. Some conditions are non-specific, like fatigue or trouble concentrating. War, fighting and the stress of being in those conditions puts veterans at a high risk of developing any number of symptoms that show just how overworked their bodies are.

Some common injuries include musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain. In fact, one study reviewing the health of veterans of the Gulf War showed that even though it was around 20 years ago, the veterans still had lingering pain.

Another common issue many veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Leading to night terrors, nightmares, anxiety, depression and vivid flashbacks, this horrifying condition requires rest and medical help. Many people live with these conditions with no assistance, but that's not how it has to be. The government does recognize post-traumatic stress disorder and many other conditions as disabilities. When a person qualifies, he or she may obtain disability benefits through the government, so they can focus on getting well instead of on working or sustaining a job when they feel they are not ready to do so.

Your attorney can help you apply for these benefits if you are unable to work. With someone at your side fighting for your rights, you can get the help you need during recovery.

Source: Live Science, "After the Battle: 7 Health Problems Facing Veterans," Maureen Salamon, accessed March 03, 2017

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