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What does limiting the Department of Veterans Affairs do?

Veterans already have much to deal with in their lives, and when a disability compounds that stress, it can be a lot to handle. Currently, Social Security Disability (SSD) and other programs are there to help those who come back with war-related injuries.

Today, President Trump would like to increase military spending by 10 percent. The issue is that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is already limited in what it can do for veterans who return from war due to the lack of resources provided to the agency.

The VA is responsible for many things including providing veterans with access to health care, combating homelessness and providing monetary compensation for those injured at war. It's particularly important for the VA to be able to continue to research traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and psychological care, since around 60 percent of soldiers return with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to data from 2011 through 2015.

Life-altering injuries including amputated limbs and burns also make some veterans' lives difficult. Fortunately, current medical technology saves many of these people who might have otherwise passed away while serving. Unfortunately, without the financial support the VA provides, these individuals could struggle to get the care and resources they need to live a normal and comfortable life upon returning from service.

Even now, veterans sometimes wait on waitlists for care they need now. Some choose to seek care elsewhere, while others pass away as a result of not getting care when they need it.

These are real problems for veterans, and it's important that they get the care and compensation they need. If you're struggling to receive disability or other services, your attorney can help.

Source: The Highlander, "Trump’s “America First” budget neglects veterans," Betteena Marco, accessed June 30, 2017

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