In light of the anticipated increase in veterans and service members with disabilities, we should take every opportunity to reach out to veterans and military families.
Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
Experts on mental health, caregiving, healthcare and veterans services will team with Allsup, a nationwide provider of services for people with disabilities, to host a moderated chat titled, “Wounded warriors—a discussion on veteran disability issues,” during the Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo.
This free, online event is 508 compliant for accessibility and will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. A presentation on “What You Need to Know about Veterans Disability,” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The wounded warriors chat will follow the presentation from 2:35 to 3 p.m.
“In light of the anticipated increase in veterans and service members with disabilities—such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other mental health-related illnesses—we should take every opportunity to reach out to veterans and military families,” said Jean Moore, J.D., co-moderator of the chat and manager, Military and Veterans Policy and Support at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “It’s essential to inform veterans and their families about the resources available to them and instruct them on how to access these valuable and much-earned benefits.”
There is a major need out there, added Brett Buchanan, co-moderator and Allsup’s VA-approved claimant representative. “We still have vets from Vietnam applying for the benefits they earned 40 years ago,” he said. “Then there are a number of vets applying for VA disability who were in the most recent three major conflicts—the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Securing VA disability benefits can be even slower than attempting to get Social Security disability, Buchanan added. “It may take five years or more depending upon where you live.”
Both the veteran and healthcare communities will benefit from the discussion, said co-moderator Susan Gulas, R.N., M.S.N., and director of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Veterans Information and Referral Center. “With regard to Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to consider other causes, such as trauma to the head. Our veterans returning home may have been exposed to blast injuries during their service, and some may have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury,” she explained. “Hopefully the chat will expand their horizons when thinking about wounded veterans and disabilities they may develop.”
Caregiving for these disabled veterans can be stressful and complex under the best of circumstances, added Lisa Winstel, co-moderator and COO, National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA). “NFCA is proud to provide educational resources to support those who care for veterans,” she said. “When your care recipient is a veteran, the complexity of your situation can multiply exponentially. NFCA helps family caregivers find new ways to stay strong as they care for themselves and their loved ones.”
The Web Expo will feature many other presentations and chat topics, including, “Making the most of Medicare.”
To register for the free, online event and download the agenda, visit webexpo.allsup.com. More than a dozen leading health, disability, advocacy and social service organizations will provide informational sessions and screening services, answer questions and seek feedback on important issues during the live one-day event. Additionally, content will be available during an on-demand period through Wednesday, Dec. 26.
For more information about the Web Expo, contact Tai Venuti, MPH, at (800) 854-1418, ext. 68573.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.