Readjusting to life after military combat is difficult but can be particularly difficult if you were medically discharged. The United States government helps former servicemen through benefits awarded when being medically discharged.
Although many veterans may qualify for receiving assistance, legal complications can prevent them from receiving needed aid as they transition back to civilian life. You may contest your situation in medical disability hearings if you have not received your just compensation for injuries obtained in valorous service.
What is the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)?
When a servicemember is discharged for injuries sustained in the line of duty, IDES is responsible for determining the severity of the case and how to award benefits. To be submitted to IDES, you must be referred by your service department.
Alternatives exist for members who aren’t referred to IDES from their service department. For these cases, you may apply for VA compensation. If you are in the process of being discharged, you do have to wait until you are 180 days away from your discharge/retirement date. There are no waiting requirements after being discharged; you may apply at any time.
How can Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Services help?
For qualified veterans, VR&E services can assist in readjusting to civilian life. If you have sustained medical injuries in the line of duty, you may receive a custom rehabilitation plan for treatment and recovery.
In addition to the physical benefits, VR&E services can assist veterans in finding a career after their military service has ended. These services can assist servicemembers in gaining employment and achieve independence in daily living.
Ongoing treatment options for veterans
If you are medically discharged from the military, options exist for ongoing treatment and employment assistance. Transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult in many ways, but thanks to government benefits, it doesn’t have to be difficult financially.