Veterans Should Take Advantage of New PTSD Research, Treatment, West Virginia Veterans’ Disability Benefits Attorney Says

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Applying for medical and disability payments can help Veterans benefit from emerging methods for diagnosing and treating PTSD, says West Virginia lawyer Jan Dils.

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This breakthrough in helping Veterans with PTSD is very encouraging. To take full advantage of these medical developments, it’s important for Veterans to apply for the benefits they deserve.

The preliminary results of a South Carolina medical study should give greater hope to Veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, West Virginia Veterans’ disability benefits attorney Jan Dils says.

According to a recent news release, researchers from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Arnold School of Public Health and Dorn VA Medical Center have identified a potential link between PTSD and compromised immune systems in Veterans.

As research continues, with the assistance of a $1.72 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, novel methods for diagnosing and treating PTSD could be developed, says Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, the study’s lead researcher.

“This breakthrough in helping Veterans with PTSD is very encouraging,” says Dils, whose law firm handles disability claims for Veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard from its offices in West Virginia and North Carolina. “To take full advantage of these medical developments, it’s important for Veterans to apply for the benefits they deserve.”

PTSD impacts nearly 30 percent of Vietnam War Veterans and more than 35 percent of the Veterans returning from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Nagarkatti.

The condition traditionally has been marked by psychological symptoms, such as depression, anger and anxiety. But the new research has identified a connection between PTSD and an increase in certain types of cells that regulate immune functions.

“Because the immune system and the nervous system interact closely with each other, dysregulation in one can severely affect the other, leading to the onset of clinical disorders associated with PTSD,” Nagarkatti says in a released statement.

Dils notes that the Veterans Administration provides disability benefits to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD related to their active military service. Depending on the extent of a disability and the disability rating, the average amount of Veterans’ benefits can range from $123 to $2,613 per month.

To be eligible for the benefits, a Veteran must present:

  •     A clear medical diagnosis of PTSD,
  •     Evidence of a stressor event that occurred during military service, and
  •     Evidence that the stressor event is a cause of the PTSD.

“The application can involve complex paperwork, and appeals may be necessary if the VA denies the claim or rates it as less severe than it really is,” Dils says. “This process can be especially burdensome for Veterans who are coping with a painful and debilitating condition such as PTSD.”

At her law firm, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., attorneys and claims representatives are available to help Veterans obtain benefits by counseling and representing them throughout the application process and any subsequent appeals, Dils says.

“After they have sacrificed so much for our country, we believe that our Veterans deserve the best medical care available and quality legal assistance in order to help them to carry on with their lives,” she says.

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.


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