Even veterans who return from a combat zone without any physical injuries may have serious mental and emotional challenges to overcome. For those who lost friends while they were there, and who may even have been present when those individuals lost their lives, this is not something that is easy to get over.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries that individuals suffer after having been subjected to some type of outward force. An individual may be diagnosed with a TBI after becoming involved in a car crash, being involved in a contact-sports incident or an assault. These types of events don't speak very much as to how service members often end up with TBIs, though.
In the heat of their military service, soldiers may not spend all that much time thinking about the purity of the air that they're breathing. When they finish serving and move on with their lives, though, that air could become quite important. If it was contaminated in some way, they could experience long-term respiratory issues.
When veterans come back from time serving their country, they have to readjust to civilian life. This is often very difficult.
Even soldiers who never see combat and spend their entire careers on military bases may face some serious risks, including the development of fatal diseases. Reports have indicated that cancer rates are quite high for many vets, and they trace it back to dangerous compounds on these bases. They can be found in the facilities themselves, as well as in the soil and the water.
Disabled veterans who fall into a low-income earning bracket may now have a new way to get renewable solar power. A recent partnership between the Tri-County Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Power and The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) aims to bring it to them.
You served in the military. While doing so, you got exposed to Agent Orange. Now you have some form of respiratory cancer of the lung, larynx, bronchus or trachea. What do you have to prove to seek compensation?
Hearing damage often cannot be reversed. Those who suffer from it may have tools they can use to cope, such as hearing aids, but the actual ability to hear at the previous level may not return, even with time.
Most people do not frequently have nightmares. When looking at the public as a whole, for instance, those who complain about the influence of nightmares on their lives make up just about 5% of the total population. In another study, it came in at 3%. No matter how you look at it, it's not that common.
Advertisements for the military may make you think that almost everyone who joins up sees combat, but that is not actually the case. Even in the modern world, with wars that seem to drag on for decades, most soldiers do not ever have to fire their weapons.