VA Earns Praise for Adopting New TBI Benefit Rules.
President Barack Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should both be praised for their advocacy for Veterans suffering long-term health problems due to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Clearly, as the scientific research reveals additional chronic, adverse medical conditions associated with TBI, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is doing the right thing for our Veterans by issuing new rules.
VA’s new TBI regulations, which take effect January 15, 2014, open the doors for free VA healthcare and VA disability compensation our Veterans need and earned.
As the New York Times reports, the new regulations make it much easier for our disabled Veterans with TBI to receive healthcare and compensation for certain illnesses, including Parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, all of which have been linked to TBI.
Bergmann & Moore: TBI Rules “Good News”
Bergmann & Moore’s Paul Sullivan told Army Times that the then-proposed rule was “good news for veterans… What this does is make it easier for VA to process the claim with one less evidentiary step. And it establishes a framework for considering other conditions secondary to TBI.”
On December 16, 2013, the Army Times reported that more than 250,000 service members suffered a TBI while deployed to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars between 2000 and 2012.
The New York Times revealed VA’s proposed TBI rule in December 2012. VA “must increase training and staffing to ensure that it can handle the wave of new claims likely to result from the new policy,” Sullivan told the Times. Due to their complexity, Veterans should contact a Veteran Service Organization to apply for the new VA benefits.