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Chronic Fatigue as a Condition for VA Disability Compensation and Benefits

By Garrett Artz and Tod M. Leaven Fatigue and military service usually goes hand in hand. Most military veterans recognize the symptoms of fatigue because they were exposed to it as an active duty servicemember during times of high operational tempo or deployment. Sometimes the mission and the sense of belonging to a team compelled …

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Service Connection, Direct or Secondary, for Headaches

Military service members who have deployed and been exposed to combat have been found to be at a higher risk for new-onset headaches[1]. More broadly, it has been shown that members of the military with significant headaches share a similar cause – stress – for headaches with their civilian counterparts.[2] Fortunately for veterans, the VA …

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All in a good night’s sleep: Veterans and Service-Connected Disability for Sleep Apnea

Sleep is a precious commodity for military service members. Most understand what it feels like to be so tired to be able to sleep in almost any place regardless of comfort or noise. This begins in most military indoctrination programs and carries through in later active service as a necessary part of mission accomplishment. It …

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Update – Environmental Exposures to Particulate Matter for the Gulf War Era of Veterans (1990-2026)

Environmental exposure to particulate matter has been highlighted in major media outlets the past several weeks.  Most recently, The White House and the VA have provided updates on Veteran’s Day on future initiatives to research a number of conditions related to various operational hazards.[1]  These updates follow a May 2021 announcement by the Secretary of …

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Veterans Disability Benefits and Backlog in the COVID Era: Fast Facts You Need to Know

Currently, there over 210,000 disability claims in the Veteran Benefits Administration backlog (double the pre-COVID amount). This systematic setback has impacted the lives of Americans everywhere, particularly some of the most vulnerable: our Veterans. With the additional strain on an already complex and time-consuming process, it can be difficult to determine how long the process …

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What Are Secondary Service Connected Conditions And How Can Veterans Get Help?

Many times, a Veteran’s service-connected condition leads to a new disability or illness. A classic example of this is when a Veteran’s service-connected left knee condition leads to later problems with the Veterans left hip or right knee. When a new condition was caused by or aggravated by a service-connected condition, that new condition can be service-connected …

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