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Secondary disability may warrant compensation

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From page A8 | February 16, 2013 |

Sometimes the disability a veteran is experiencing is not a direct result of their military service, but a complication resulting from their service-connected disability. These secondary conditions may also be eligible for compensation.

Disability compensation is a tax-free cash benefit paid by Veterans Affairs to veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.

Generally, the degrees of disability are specified by the VA to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbation or illness. Secondary claims are for disabilities that developed as a result of or were worsened by another service-connected condition.

In other words, it is recognized that a service-connected disability may cause a second disability. This second disability may not otherwise be considered service-connected.

An example of these secondary disabilities could be a veteran who has a service-connected knee injury that causes him or her to walk with a limp or altered gait. The veteran subsequently develops arthritis in the hip. Although the arthritic condition did not incur during or was not aggravated by their time in the service, a service-connection may still be established if the arthritis is a result of the knee condition.

Another example could be a veteran who was in the Army for 20 years. During her military service, she was diagnosed with hypertension. After her discharge, a service-connection disability was established for hypertension. She was subsequently diagnosed with a heart condition. A service-connection for her heart condition may be established as secondary to the hypertension.

One of the most common systemic secondary conditions is peripheral neuropathy and renal failure related to a service-connected diabetes condition. Erectile dysfunction, while not a ratable disability, does result in payment of special compensation (presently $100 a month) and is usually a side effect or secondary to diabetes or hypertension.

Another new development from Veterans Affairs is they now consider depression as a secondary condition to traumatic brain injury. Depression is also a common secondary condition when pain generated by the service-connected condition causes depression, insomnia or anxiety.

If a veteran has a condition that causes him or her to be depressed, the depression can be pursued as a secondary service-connected condition.

Medication taken for a service-connected condition may cause the veteran to have side effects that are disabling. Certain psychotropic medications create situations where the veteran cannot concentrate, work or even drive. These medications, if continued for the initial disability, may create a situation where the veteran can file for the disabling condition caused by the medication. It may seem that common sense would suggest the veteran stop taking the medication. However, in some cases this is not possible and the resulting side effect could become a secondary service-connected disability.

If you believe you have a secondary condition, we recommend that you come into our office and have us advise you in this matter.

Ted Puntillo is director of Veteran Services for Solano County. Reach him at 784-6590 or [email protected] The Solano County Veteran Services Office, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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  • E.RandDecember 24, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Sir, I just happened upon your stories, but you have given me more information than I ever received from the 1-800-827-1000 number. I endured MST (Military Sexual Trauma) for 4 years while on active duty by my Commanding Officer. I have a child by this person. I applied for VA Benefits and I have received 90% disability, but I am unable to get or hold employment. I have several other medical issues mental and physical due to service-connected disabilities. I have horrible credit so although the VA gave me a housing voucher-I have bad credit because of my mental issues and my inability to keep a job. I served 10 years in the Air Force- I left the service because of the MST. I went back to school to become a nurse and raised my son alone. I worked as a nurse for several years and suffered in silence. I suffer with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, migraine headaches, partial paralysis in my lower extremities due to the diabetes, PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia and severe panic attacks. I am unable to drive or be around crowds of people. I feel trapped. I have applied for un-employability so that I could have enough money to pay an extra deposit so that I can get permanent housing. I applied in June 2013, but of course it takes time. I don't have a lot of time because my voucher will expire in Feb. It's very discouraging to have to beg for help after all that I have been through. I keep reading about people trying to help homeless, female, vets with PTSD or those that experienced MST, but I am a prime example of all of these vets wrapped in one and it has been a difficult road to try to obtain these benefits. I was told to send in my eviction notice, bills, all of my medical records- which I did, but then I went on Ebenefits and it stated that I did not send in any information. I don't have any fight left.

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  • CateMay 25, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Don't give up E.Rand. I am just reading your comment now, 5 months later, but there is help out there. All you need is one good advocate to support you, stand behind you and to help you navigate your way through this maze.

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