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Injuries from military service: Mental and physical conditions

There are many kinds of war-related injuries, both physical and mental. It's important for veterans returning from the field to have access to all the help they need to get through the new difficulties in their lives. They've served and protected, and now it's the United States' job to protect them.

Several types of war-related illnesses and injuries could affect a veteran. These include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, malaria, migraines, hepatitis A, B or C, amputations, traumatic brain injuries or other unexplained physical or mental symptoms.

Injuries and illnesses from other countries or from working with the military in this country may all qualify you for the medical and disability benefits you need to survive. Whether you're struggling with your hearing after being exposed to a blast or are simply having a difficult readjustment to civilian life, there is help available.

It's not uncommon for soldiers and others who work with the military to have unexplained physical symptoms, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). Remember, mental and physical issues both qualify for disability benefits if they're bad enough to affect your work and daily life.

There is no shame in acknowledging that you've developed a serious condition, like PTSD. Don't delay in seeking help and compensation.

No matter what the injury is, any veteran who can't work because of it needs to have a right to benefits. Social Security Disability benefits are just one possible source of income for those who can't work to support themselves. Combined with medical care through the VA and other potential benefits, it's possible to get back on track and to cope with almost any condition.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "War Related Illness and Injury Study Center," accessed Feb. 23, 2018

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