Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
West Virginia Veterans’ benefits attorney Jan Dils said today that a recent USA Today report that says military experts still do not understand the psychological effect of multiple deployments on troops should lead to a commitment to additional study.
“After asking for so much from its military men and women over the last decade, this nation should feel an obligation to know what hidden harms have been suffered by our Veterans,” said Dils, founder of the Veterans’ disability benefits law firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C.
“We encourage cooperation with and full funding of ongoing studies as well as further meaningful research into post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues our Veterans face,” Dils said.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual has been through a traumatic event such as combat or military exposure, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD.
A report in USA Today last week said that almost 11 years of war and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on research has left the military “no closer to understanding how many deployments are too many for individual service members.”
As 107,000 service members have deployed three or more times over the course of the last decade to Afghanistan and Iraq, scores of studies have examined the wars’ impact on behavior and mental health, according to USA Today.
Scientists have identified repeated combat exposure, physical injuries and personal finance and career problems as common stresses on American troops, according to the newspaper’s report. But while studies indicate a link between multiple deployments and PTSD, no one has learned how to identify which troops will suffer from severe difficulties.
The case of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing more than 16 Afghan civilians during a rampage on March 11, has renewed public focus on the possible effects of multiple deployments, Dils said.
Dils, whose firm helps military members obtain Veterans’ benefits from offices in Parkersburg and elsewhere in West Virginia and in Charlotte, North Carolina, said any Veteran suffering problems related to stress should seek medical care and treatment.
“Veterans have earned medical care and should understand that it is available to them,” Dils said. “And if they need legal help to obtain it, we are here to provide that assistance.
“If you are a United States military Veteran and you are not receiving all of the government assistance you have been promised, it is important that you contact a Veterans’ disability benefits attorney to learn more about your rights,” she said. “Do not let legal matters add to your stress. Let us take that burden from you.”
About Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., focuses exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities get the financial help they deserve from the government by seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Social Security Administration. The firm features West Virginia offices in Charleston, Parkersburg, Huntington, Logan and Beckley and one office in Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about Veterans’ benefits and Social Security disability benefits, contact the firm by calling (877) 838-3726 or using its online form.