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U.S. soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan
are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears,
prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.
Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the fight against terror, according to the Department
of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear.
Has your hearing loss and tinnitus caused anxiety and depression? There's a reason for that.
Veterans often suffer brain injuries that impair hearing.
Hey Jim...can you help?
I'm a veteran from Desert Storm. I live in an assisted living facility in FL. I've been living here since 2011. Since I moved in I've been harassed, abused, and robbed by my neighbors in and out of the apartment.
My husband served in the Army and has passed away. Can I, his wife, go to the Army base and have my will made out? I didn't know if I could since he is longer living.
I'm messaging you on behalf of my husband. Last night I had to bail my husband out of jail, he had a warrant out for his arrest. Because, a little over a month ago he had a PTSD attack, with suicidal thoughts. (Combat Veteran, in Syria, less than two years ago)
My ex husband get VA benefits he gets over $3,400 and now brags he gets even more. He is supposed to pay $400 once a month and he can't even do that and taunts me how he can't be touched or his VA benefits.
I am 100 percent Disabled unable to work. While waiting for this decision, I was on Disability SSI which rolled over to social security after i turned 65. Am collecting both now. Do I have to give up one or the other ?
My son's mother applied for a state benefit assistance in Michigan and they asked if she was living with me and she said no and now they're coming after me will making me go to court to decide how much child support I should pay for her.
Shortly after I got a medical discharge, I got pregnant. The VA stated they would pay all expense plus delivery and 6 weeks after delivery, however they never paid anything. She was born early and thankfully only stayed in hospital 11 days. However it raked up $76,000 in debt.
From flight line operations to firearms qualification ranges, aircraft maintenance back shops,
vehicle repair shops, civil engineering shops, or even Air Force Research laboratories
where innovative and agile technologies are born, noise brings the potential of
hearing loss if proper personal protective hearing equipment is not available or utilized.
“In fact, Veterans Administration records show that auditory conditions such as hearing loss and
tinnitus are the number one and number two most prevalent disability claim in the VA,”
said Dr. Tanisha Hammill, research coordination branch lead at the Department of
Defense Hearing Center of Excellence in San Antonio. “In terms of number
of claims, this is the most prevalent injury among our veterans, so there is an
obvious need to focus on reducing those injuries among our service members,” she said.
Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits
and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory Board. Jim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,
servicemembers, and family members can ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.
You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.
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