Transition Assistance Needs- Career Support

The transition from active military to veteran status is a complicated and stressful one. The stress during this process is mostly caused from the overabundance of uncertainty. Military life is absolutely hard and stressful, but it becomes “predictably hard” for those serving over time. The danger, stress, and struggles don’t get easier, but those serving adapt and expect it to …

Treatment Options for Depression

Last week’s post touched on the commonality, symptoms, and different types of depression. Did you miss it? Get up to speed here. Another step to understanding depression is to break down some of the options for getting help and treating it. If you feel you may be struggling with depression, please do not stay silent. Reach out and get help …

Struggling with Depression?

Depression and anxiety are considered the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Today’s blog focus will be on depression. (Click here to read our post on anxiety.) It’s estimated that around 300 million people globally are suffering from depression. This number is likely higher than the estimation, as many people do not seek medical help or reach …

Gulf War Illness

Although the Gulf War may seem relatively short-lived in comparison to other wars, the medical ramifications for many veterans who served during that time period has had an extremely long lasting impact. The first Persian Gulf War was fought heavily in Iraq and Kuwait from January to February 1991.  What Happened, Medically Speaking? A large percentage of veterans who were …

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, called GERD, is a common gastrointestinal condition. Cleveland Clinic reports than an estimated 20% of the US population have GERD. It is sometimes referred to as chronic acid reflux. If you are suffering from GERD, you likely have some of the following symptoms: Heartburn Indigestion Pain in the chest Difficulty swallowing/feels like something is “stuck” in the …

Confused by Combined Disability Rating Math?

Calculating the combined disability rating is a process that can confuse and stress even the math-savvy! The formula for coming up with this rating seems a bit opposite of what you’d intuitively think when you first look at it, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. Once you see the step-by-step process for how to get the accurate rating, you …

Career & Educational Help for Veterans

Most veterans are familiar with the GI Bill and how it can help pay for training programs or a college/graduate degree. There are other educational and career benefits available for veterans that are less commonly talked about or used, but potentially just as, or more helpful, for many. In this post, we are shining light on Veteran Readiness and Employment …

New COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for VA employees

The CDC has reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising very quickly this summer, as a new variant “Delta” has been spreading. Federal officials have estimated around 97% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. The VA has seen a sharp increase in cases amongst staff and veterans in their care as well, and the administration is taking action to do what they …

How Can the VA Reduce Your Ratings?

It is a common source of worry and confusion for veterans…wondering if and when the VA will try to reduce their service-connected ratings and benefits. Understandably, a loss of needed disability benefits due to a rating reduction can put a huge strain on a veteran. In this post, we are going to explain when, how and why the VA can …

Getting an accurate rating for headaches/migraines

According to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), headaches/migraines are listed as #9 in the top 10 most common veteran disability claims. The difference between different types of headaches, including migraines, is significant. You can brush up on the facts or learn about those differences with one of our previous posts on headaches and migraines here. Recap: One of the tricky …