The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is still very much struggling with understanding how to fully treat soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Recognizing the debilitating effects of TBIs — and perhaps their own limitations in understanding and treating them in respect to the amount of TBI-related veterans disability compensation claims – the VA will be providing retroactive benefits to more veterans, according to an article in The LA Veterans Affairs Examiner.
Soldiers who suffered TBIs outside of Operations Enduring (OEF) and/or Iraqi Freedom (OIF) will now be able to draw benefits. The injuries must have been sustained between October 7, 2001 and November 30, 2005. Where they were sustained, however, is no longer relevant. This means even soldiers who were hurt stateside can qualify for the retroactive benefit. The requirement for OEF and/or OIF service to receive the benefit was removed with the passage of The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2010.
The benefits are being paid under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Traumatic Injury Protection Benefit (TSGLI). Even better, the soldier with the injury did not have to have been carrying SGLI coverage at the time the injury occurred. Payments can range from $25,000 to $100,000, and will vary depending on the type and severity of injury sustained.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.