Keeping the bills paid, the kids feed and a thousand other things you have to worry about each month, the last thing you need is for your income to disappear and then be saddled by a huge debt. If VA overpaid you they have every right to inform you and work out a repayment plan, but they should not have the right to put a family in a desperate situation because of their … [Read more...] about VA Asking Veterans to Return Benefit ‘Overpayments’
Brooke King writes an insightful article on the The Atlantic having kids and PTSD. I was never blessed with children of my own but I have had my nieces and nephews live with me on and off for years from the time they were little. Brooke talks about special rules in their family like "We don't scare Mommy", and "We don't play hide-and-seek" I can relate we had our rules "Don't … [Read more...] about A Veteran Wonders: How Will My PTSD Affect My Kids?
Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans have the option of visiting a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form. Veterans can have their providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs that are appropriate for their conditions and submit them … [Read more...] about List By Symptom – VA Disability Compensation
Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Attacks by saber tooth tigers or twenty-first century terrorists have likely led to similar psychological responses in survivors of such violence. Literary accounts offer the first descriptions of what we now call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, authors including Homer (The … [Read more...] about History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-5 » HadIt.com VA Disability Claims Veteran to Ve…
My first experience of PTSD was as a child watching the news. The news back then was short only about an hour of national and local news. The video coming back from Vietnam was horrifying and one night as the correspondent ran down the news in front of a group of soldiers, one soldier stood out to me, face smudged with dirt, uniform askew, smoking a cigarette his hands shaking … [Read more...] about From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma