You make the ultimate sacrifice for your country when you choose to serve in the military. You take time out of your life to fight for the United States, knowingly putting yourself in harm’s way to protect the freedom of the millions of Americans depending on you.
Many veterans sustain injuries while they are serving their country as a result of putting themselves in harm’s way. Some injuries are minor while others can be major and life-altering. Veterans who return from duty can be diagnosed with chronic back pain resulting from injuries they sustained while serving. Lung diseases can affect veterans and cause lifelong breathing problems. Veterans often suffer from severe hearing loss, ulcers, and movement problems. Others can even develop cancers that stemmed from dangerous chemicals they encountered while serving. One of the most severe injuries a veteran can sustain is a traumatic brain injury.
Mental problems are also common among veterans. Many veterans suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These conditions can all result in disabilities, impacting your life for many years to come. This causes veterans to need to pay medical bills for treatment years down the road. If the disability is severe enough, they may be unable to work. This only compounds the financial issues raised by the medical bills.
However, the VA allows for veterans whose disabilities originated or worsened when they served in the military to apply for benefits. These benefits can help offset the cost of dealing with your disability and help get your life back on track.
How Many Veterans are Affected in South Carolina?
About 391,660 veterans reside in the state of South Carolina. Nearly 40 percent of these veterans are over the age of 65. The median income for veteran households in South Carolina is nearly $59,000.
With the median income only being around $59,000, an abundance of medical bills can make life difficult for many veterans. Conditions like a traumatic brain injury can require families to pay for a lifetime of medical bills. Many of the disabilities eligible for VA benefits can cost families thousands of dollars over the years, even with the help of medical insurance. The VA provides benefits in the form of both compensation and health care. For health care, South Carolina has 18 VA facilities spread across the entire state.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me Obtain VA Benefits for my Disabilities?
The Nye Law Group can lead you through the sometimes lengthy and challenging process of applying for your VA benefits. We can help you through every part of the process, from helping you gather the right documents to applying for a discharge upgrade if necessary. If you go through the application process only to be denied or receive fewer benefits than you believe you deserve, we can help you appeal the VA’s decision. Do not wait any longer to get the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.