There isn’t really a map for veterans negotiating the transition back into civilian life. Especially for a veteran adjusting to life with disabilities, connecting to people with experiences similar to yours is more important than ever.Though Texas has one of the largest populations of veterans in the country, it’s not unusual for a veteran to feel isolated in the months after leaving the service. There are lots of advantages to finding a community of fellow veterans, including:
- Being able to talk with someone who has already dealt with the VA disability claims process in Texas and can speak to your questions with the authority of experience.
- A veteran who is dealing with a similar disability may be able to direct you to specialists or treatment options you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.
- Likewise, other veterans may be able to notify you about special programs or support options for which you or your family qualifies.
- There are many things that only another veteran will understand about your time in the military. You may find, once you are back home, that even your spouse or closest civilian friends don’t seem to “get it.”
- Especially for veterans dealing with emotional health issues like PTSD or depression, strong social ties can vastly improve recovery outcomes. At the very least, you will gain friends who can keep an eye out for you while you keep an eye out for them.
Along with strong social connections, a knowledgeable and compassionate Dallas veterans attorney can be one of your most important tools for getting the support you need as you re-enter civilian life. Set up a private, no-cost consultation by calling 800-800-6353. Don’t wait.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.