VA care: Types of claims
- May 27, 2012 - 7:43 PM
Of recent veterans who have sought VA care:
• More than 1,600 lost a limb; many others lost fingers or toes.
• At least 156 are blind, and thousands more have impaired vision.
• More than 177,000 have hearing loss, and more than 350,000 report tinnitus -- noise or ringing in the ears.
• More than 400,000 have been treated by the VA for a mental health problem, most commonly, PTSD.
• Tens of thousands of veterans suffered traumatic brain injury, or TBI -- mostly mild concussions from bomb blasts -- and doctors don't know what's in store for them long-term.
• Thousands are disfigured, as many as 200 of them so badly that they may need face transplants.
• On a more mundane level, many new veterans have back, shoulder and knee problems, aggravated by carrying heavy packs and wearing the body armor that helped keep them alive. One recent study found that 19 percent required orthopedic surgery consultations and 4 percent needed surgery after returning from combat.
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