Military veterans may return from a deployment with injuries that are never going to fully heal. These can happen in combat, or just in the course of their employment, even if they never see any sort of active duty. Training accidents do happen, and simply being in the military means you’re exposed to a higher level of risk than people in many other industries.
What are the types of disabilities that show up most often? It’s important to consider how these may impact your life.
Many veterans complain about permanent damage to their ears or lasting hearing loss. They have to spend a lot of time around loud vehicles and firearms, and they may not have been given proper ear protection.
Veterans who have suffered traumatic physical injuries may have mobility issues in the future, and these may never heal. For instance, someone who has suffered an injury to their spine may never be able to walk or work again.
It’s also important to remember that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious ailment that can change your life. This is often known as an invisible disability because it’s difficult for those around you to see how it’s affecting you, but it can lead to nightmares, flashbacks, irrational outbursts and many other issues. It does tend to be a bit different from one individual to the next.
What can you do?
These may just be three examples, but you can tell how drastically they could change the course of your life. If you’re suffering from any sort of disability, you need to know what legal options you have.