Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

Veteran Insomnia If 3 am is a regular visitor, you aren’t alone. Over 30% of the population experiences insomnia. Studies find that for veterans, the number is even higher. A study from the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs followed over 5,500 post 9/11 veterans for 7 years. The results, published in June 2020, showed that 57% of the veterans …

Increased VA Funding Proposed for 2022

Last week, the White House outlined a fiscal 2022 budget plan that would increase funding to The Department of Veterans Affairs. The increase would be geared toward increasing funds for homelessness, suicide prevention, caregiver support, and medical research. The plan indicates an 8.2% increase in discretionary funding, which is the third largest increase of any federal department in the 2022 …

White House Collaborates with Veteran Groups to Increase Vaccine Response

A measure signed into law by President Biden on March 24th means all veterans, spouses and their caregivers will  be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The “Save Lives Act” increases the number eligible for the vaccine through the VA  from 9 to 33 million. Since December, the VA has vaccinated close to 1.6 million veterans and 260,000 staff.  Further …

Mammoth Backlog of C&P Exams May Continue to Increase

Veterans know a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam is a crucial step to be able to receive disability benefits. Most who have gone through the process would agree it’s never been very straightforward or fast tracked, but a huge backlog is making the wait for benefits much longer and more convoluted. The exam request backlog increased by over 200,000 during …

Unisex Bathrooms Not Appealing to Majority of Male Service Members

Research from a study conducted in 2013 & 2014 was meant to explore the advantages or disadvantages of females serving in special operations units. Instead, it uncovered a recurring theme the researchers didn’t introduce or ask the 27 focus groups at all, but that was brought up over 350 times…unisex bathrooms and team room areas.  The University of Kansas study …

The Major Richard Star Act

As it stands, only veterans who served 20+ years and have a disability rating of 50% or more are able to receive full retirement benefits and disability compensation. Data reports that at least 42,000 veterans are currently ineligible to receive full benefits for both due to the current law. This means their military longevity pay/retirement benefits are REDUCED by their …

It’s Getting on My Nerves

The 7th most common veteran disability is sciatica. Sciatica refers to pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, hips, down both buttocks and legs. It most commonly affects only one side of the body. What Causes Sciatica? A herniated disk, narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis), or bone spur on the spine, all …

How Can We Make a Difference?

Last week, our post addressed rising suicide rates for veterans during Covid-19. Awareness of this real life mental health pandemic (suicide) is a great first step. But it is going to take more than just knowing the stats to make a positive change. The purpose of this post is not to treat, diagnose, or “cure” anything. We aren’t doctors or …

Veteran Suicide Rate Increase & Covid-19

Suicide is something we don’t like to hear or talk about, but its prevalence in our society, and in our veterans, is something we need to continue shining light on and fighting to change. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the overall population of the 10-34 year old age group in our country. 2020 veteran suicide studies …

Common Reasons the VA Denies Claims

In this post, we will briefly explain some of the most common reasons the VA denies claims. Many of these are easy to avoid with awareness and having someone on your team to help you with the process! 1. A lack of current disability. Most veterans know they must have a current condition to establish service connection. While it is …