Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precedent that denied disability claims for pain without connection to a specific medical diagnosis or event. Veteran advocates estimate that over 11,000 disability claims have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which asserted “pain alone is not a disability for the purpose of VA disability compensation.”
A common expression among veterans: “I wish I would have known…”
It is difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I considered writing this blog for years before my separation from the Air Force. Though my journey after getting out was fairly typical, I nonetheless feel a strong urge to relay my experiences and those of others. With this blog I hope to help veterans and service members by relaying professional insights gleaned throughout the transition from active duty into the professional civilian world and beyond.