April is not only the month for taxes, it is Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month. Former military service members make up a significant number of our population nationally - but also here near the Triangle. Disabled soldiers live in areas surrounding Fort Bragg, and just two hours from our Fayetteville law office is Camp Lejeune.
With so many military personnel in North Carolina, our Veterans Disability attorneys wanted to showcase a few opportunities offered to veterans with spinal cord injuries:
- Compensation. Veterans benefits may amount to a few thousand dollars each month for military persons suffering a spinal cord injury. Soldiers injured in combat or who suffer a service-related spinal cord injury may receive government and private benefits. Many veterans with service-connected disabilities are also entitled to vocational counseling, grants for adapted housing and automobiles, a clothing allowance and payment for home and attendant care. The compensation is determined by a rating system that our Veterans Disability attorneys in Fayetteville can explain. Veterans may receive more compensation if the injury caused loss of use of hands, feet, or other disabilities.
- Care. In 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs cared for almost 26,000 veterans with spinal cord injuries, plus the VA provided specialty care to nearly half of these injured persons. According to their research, the VA's spinal cord injury care was more comprehensive than what was provided by other insurers. Special spinal care centers for veterans are available around the country. Here in North Carolina, there is a Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Program in Salisbury.
- Competitions. Veterans suffering spinal cord injuries have the opportunity to compete with others in the largest event of its kind: National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The event is held this summer and offers competitions in archery, basketball, swimming, and more. Spinal cord injuries may cause permanent paralysis, but with a doctor's approval, disabled veterans can grow the skills that are active. Not only do these events develop physical skills, they help foster community between disabled veterans. The emotional support can help veterans and their families.