Some additional help may soon be on the way for disabled veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed its disability rating for traumatic brain injury and burn scars. This means that starting next month thousands of veterans suffering from these disabilities may be entitled to hundreds of extra dollars of compensation each month. First Sergeant US Army veteran, Gil Navarrette, served our country for 25 years. He continues to do so today, as a service officer of the Disabled American Veterans. "My main goal is to help veterans and their families get a higher quality of life through helping them get their VA benefits," said Navarrette. Navarrette stated that the additional money will help improve their quality of life because these types of injuries often make it hard to get, and keep a job. "A veteran is hesitant to be social or go out and look for a job with scar tissue all over his body. They lose a lot of their facilities like standing up straight or they may not be able to hold a conversation without loosing concentration temporarily,” Navarrette said. The US Army veteran knows all too well what it is like to live with a disability. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in Vietnam and Desert Storm. “I stilll suffer from lack of sleep, nightmares, and irritability. It's like scrambling an egg basically for your brain therefore what you suffer is unrepairable and it's with you the rest of your life,” said Navarrette. He could qualify for the additional compensation, but says at this point he is not going to apply. “To me it's the giving part that will help I can do no more than assist those who need it to fulfill my life now,” Navarrette said. If you are a veteran suffering from traumatic brain injuries or burn scars and would like to apply for the additional compensation call your local Disabled American Veterans group and ask to speak to a service officer.
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