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Sleep Apnea VA Rating Changes Are Coming. Learn How You Can Protect Your Benefits.

Sleep apnea is one of the most common disabilities affecting veterans. It's also one of the most misunderstood. Some see it as a nuisance, others as a life-threatening condition. A soon-to-retire service member described his sleep apnea this way: "I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 2 years ago and I have to say that I love my CPAP, it is awesome to embrace the feeling of your skull being crushed while you attempt to sleep for four hours… if I’m lucky!" Even with the CPAP machine delivering some relief, this individual is not going to be anywhere near 100% at work the...

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5 Ways Scammers Target Veterans

The men and women who served our country with honor and distinction deserve a lot of things. Praise. Respect. Honor. Compassion for those who are dealing with disabilities connected to service. Here's what they don't deserve: attempts to take advantage of their military background to defraud them of their hard-earned benefits. But every day, scammers target veterans in attempts to poach their pensions, saddle them with bad financial products, and even steal their identities. A 2021 AARP study found that veterans are 40% more likely to lose money to scammers. That's double the percentage of non-veterans who fall prey to scammers. That...

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Agent Orange Exposure: A Must Read for Every Vietnam-Era Veteran

Stethoscope lies on the uniform of a Vietnam-era soldier.

Our full understanding of the health impacts of Agent Orange has expanded over the years. So, too, has the VA's official position on which diseases are caused by Agent Orange, and who is eligible for disability benefits. Yet 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War, some veterans are still waiting to get benefits for Agent Orange exposure. In 2021, three new conditions -- bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism -- were added to the Agent Orange presumptive benefits list. That increased the disability payments of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans. But hypertension and dementia, which researchers say are connected to Agent...

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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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