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How to Claim Sleep Apnea Secondary to PTSD

Veteran with sleep apnea secondary to PTSD

Have you even wondered if the sleep apnea that causes you to wake up feeling exhausted despite having had a full night's sleep could be connected to your PTSD? New research suggests there is a strong connection. A recent study found that 69% of Vietnam veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also had some form of sleep apnea. PTSD and sleep apnea would seem to go hand in hand. But does PTSD actually cause sleep apnea? This article examines the relationship between PTSD and sleep apnea in depth. We also cover how veterans with service-connected PTSD can get benefits for sleep...

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Can I Get Disability Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma?

Veteran talking with counselor about military sexual trauma

The short answer is: Yes. You are entitled to veterans disability benefits for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) if it caused you to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other health conditions that make it difficult for you to work and provide. If you experienced MST, know that you're not alone. Recent major investigative reports have brought to light just how prevalent sexual violence is in the military, and how it has historically been brushed under the rug by commanding officers or dismissed by VA medical professionals. Attaining VA benefits for MST may seem like an uphill battle, but the VA actually has...

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Why We’re Observing Two Minutes of Silence This Veterans Day

Remembrance quilt, Armistice Day

The tradition of observing two minutes of silence on Veterans Day has lapsed in recent years. We think it must be kept alive, not only to honor the fallen of the world wars, but for all wars. Perhaps you are old enough to remember a time when the tradition was more widely observed than it is now. Harry Binder, founder of The Rep Vets, a national veterans disability advocacy firm, remembers a time when “the whole country stopped at 11a.m." The reason? At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement...

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2022 VA Pay Increase Is Biggest in Over a Decade

Vietnam Veteran having fun sitting in back yard with pet Great Dane

Veterans receiving VA disability compensation are set to see their monthly VA pay increase by 5.9% in 2022. To put that in dollars, for every $1,000 a veteran currently receives in benefits payments, they will see an additional $59 in 2022. Spouses and family members receiving survivor benefits will see the same increase in their monthly payments. Here at the Rep for Vets, we have long felt that VA payments are not keeping up with the increasing cost of living. The annual cost of living adjustment has averaged around 1.5% for the last 10 years, so this year's increase of 5.9%...

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits Guide

Camp Lejeune 1965-1972 scrapbook

Between the 1950s and the 1980s, the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was one of the most toxic places to live and work in the United States. Children whose mothers were exposed to the contaminated water were born with heartbreaking birth defects. A 2003 federal study concluded that the rate of spina bifida and anencephaly (a condition in which part of the cranium is missing), was much higher than the national average. These children were also at an elevated risk of childhood cancers, such as leukemia. Adults who spent as little as a month on the base have developed...

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Healing the Wounds of Afghanistan: A Benefits Guide for Disabled Veterans

Veterans watched with anger and sadness this past August as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan may be a poignant and painful reminder of objectives unmet. But here at The Rep for Vets, we think sacrificing for one's country is never done in vain. We feel an obligation to help vets who served honorably in America's longest war in getting back on their feet again, and moving forward with their lives. For disabled veterans, part of the healing process involves securing disability benefits, a small form of redress for their injuries. Afghanistan was a dangerous...

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Exposed to Burn Pits? Get Disability Compensation for Three New Fast-Tracked Conditions

Smoke rising from burn pit in Iraq

Burn pits have been described as the post-9/11 generation’s Agent Orange. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as much as 250 tons of trash a day were burned with jet fuel in huge pits the size of football fields, spewing toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. Many veterans who worked and lived near toxic burn pits have gone on to develop cancer and respiratory diseases. Unfortunately, getting VA disability benefits for illnesses caused by burn pits has been an uphill battle for these vets. That looks to be changing. This month the VA created a fast-track to disability compensation...

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How Does the VA Determine My PTSD Disability Rating?

A military man hugs his English Bulldog

As every solider knows, you can’t go into battle alone. You need a reliable and dependable support team behind you. The same is true of veterans battling with PTSD. Having a compassionate, understanding PTSD recovery team can help the healing process along. But the road to recovery is not always easy. We know of veterans who’ve done all the “right” things. They’ve reached out to their people for help. Received a PTSD diagnosis from a doctor. Applied for disability benefits, had a VA medical evaluation--only to have the VA deny them benefits, or give them a rating lower than their...

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Jury Awards Veteran $1.7 Million in Third Trial Over Faulty 3M Earplugs

A Pensacola, Florida, federal jury has awarded $1.7 million in the third bellwether trial over 3M’s defective Combat Arms earplugs. Jurors found that 3M failed to provide adequate warnings for the earplugs, according to the plaintiffs' lawyers. From 2005 to 2012, 3M Combat Arms earplugs were standard issue safety equipment. Over that period of time, thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands of military personnel used the faulty earplugs, exposing their users to loud noise events. A design flaw rendered the earplugs mostly ineffective, but many earplug users never realized the problem, or only realized they weren’t working after permanent hearing damage...

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Can a Fully Developed Claim Really Help Me Get My Disability Benefits Faster?

When you're in the business of helping veterans secure disability benefits, you inevitably field the following question: Why is the VA is taking so long to process my claim? There are many factors that affect processing time, including the current backlog, but sometimes the delay is beyond the VA’s control. When a veteran files a standard disability claim it is the VA’s responsibility, under the Duty to Assist doctrine, to gather all the evidence that could help prove your claim, including medical records from private (non-VA) healthcare providers. Sometimes delays are the result of a private doctor taking a while to...

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