Some disabilities are much more prevalent than others among the Veteran population. Due to the extremely stressful nature of military service, certain disabilities are more common among the general population of all veterans, while other disabilities are unique to veterans who served during a particular conflict.
Each year, the Veterans Benefits Administration provides an annual report summarizing information regarding the amount of benefits disbursed to veterans and the types of disabilities that are claimed. The 2015 Fiscal Year report is the most recent report available, which presents information on veterans receiving benefits as of September 30, 2015.
The Most Prevalent Veterans’ Disabilities
Among all veterans, the following types of disabilities are listed as the most prevalent:
Tinnitus involves the hearing of sound when no external sound is present, often described as ringing in the ears. It is the most commonly claimed benefit by all veterans. Over 1.4 million veterans receive compensation for service-connected tinnitus.
Hearing loss is the second most common service-connected disability among veterans. Over 1 million veterans received compensation for hearing loss.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is the third most common service-connected disability claimed by veterans, and is the most common mental health disorder. Over 800,000 veterans receive compensation for PTSD.
Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain
A lumbosacral strain is also known as a lower back strain, while a cervical strain is commonly referred to as a neck strain.
Over 745,000 veterans receive compensation for service-connected scars.
Limitation of Knee Flexion
Knee flexion is the ability of the knee to bend. This disability affects over 650,000 veterans.
Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve
This condition can vary from mild paralysis to complete paralysis of the sciatic nerve. Almost half a million veterans receive compensation for this condition
Limitation of Motion of the Ankle
This condition occurs when a veteran is not able to achieve the normal range of motion for the ankle joint. Over 455,000 veterans receive compensation for this disability.
Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine
This condition involves the breakdown of cartilage in the joints and discs of the spine, causing pain and weakness.
While these are the most common disabilities claimed by all veterans, each group of veterans may be more likely to have particular conditions. For example, Gulf War Veterans are more likely to suffer from medically unexplained illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia.
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