VA eases rules for claims on some TBI-related health problems

By Leo Shane III Stars and Stripes Published: December 16, 2013 WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials are easing disability filing rules for brain injured veterans with additional combat complications like depression, dementia or Parkinson’s disease. The move comes after outside studies linked those secondary illnesses — along with unprovoked seizures and diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands — to traumatic brain injury. Veterans who prove their TBI is service-related won’t have to prove those secondary issues also stem from combat wounds, creating a quicker path to receive disability payments. As with any claim, the amount for payouts will still depend on the severity of the health issues. Read Article Here