Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
A new initiative by 130 of the nation’s medical schools could help Veterans who are struggling with military-related health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to West Virginia Veterans’ disability benefits lawyer Jan Dils.
According to a White House press release, the medical schools launched the coordinated effort last week. They have pledged to increase their focus on the unique health-care challenges that returning service members face, including training doctors to better diagnose and treat conditions that affect Veterans.
The undertaking is part of the Joining Forces initiative sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama and the vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, the White House said.
“I am encouraged that the nation’s medical schools appreciate the serious impact PTSD, TBI and other conditions can have on the Veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country,” Dils said. “My hope is that this effort will help to ease Veterans’ transition as they return to civilian life.”
Dils is the founder of the Veterans’ disability benefits law firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., whose lawyers provide legal help to disabled Veterans at the firm’s West Virginia and North Carolina offices.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, nearly 213,000 service members have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2000. Another 300,000 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq have dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, the Rand Corporation reports.
ABC News reported that the Joining Forces program specifically will target new research and clinical trials involving PTSD and TBI.
One of the participating medical schools, Virginia Commonwealth University, is already sponsoring a project whose aim is to assist Veterans with PTSD or TBI as they reintegrate into civilian life, the network reported. Another participant, the University of Pittsburgh, is working on a new brain-imaging tool that could make TBI easier to diagnose.
Several West Virginia medical schools are also taking part in the Joining Forces initiative, including The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the White House said.
All of the participating medical schools have agreed to continue their work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to ensure that Veterans receive proper treatment for their health problems. The schools will also share information with each other through an online forum, according to the White House.
Dils, the Parkersburg Veterans’ disability benefits attorney, said she frequently represents service members who are suffering from military-related conditions such as PTSD or TBI. She has seen firsthand the damaging impact such injuries can have on Veterans’ lives when they return home.
“It is important for disabled Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to know that treatment is available for PTSD, TBI and other injuries they sustained while serving in the military. There are also disability benefits available to help Veterans pay for medical treatment and living expenses when they are unable to work,” Dils said.
A dedicated Veterans’ disability benefits attorney like the ones at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., can help injured Veterans claim the compensation they deserve by using their understanding of the application and appeals process to the Veterans’ advantage, she said.
“As with any government program, there are many deadlines and complex bureaucratic procedures that must be met in order to have a successful claim for Veterans’ disability benefits,” she said.
“A lawyer who is familiar with the process can improve the likelihood that a disabled Veteran will secure benefits on the first try and can assist with the appeals process if an application has already been denied.”
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 has 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 contact form.
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