Spinal Cord Injury

Many veterans with spinal cord injuries qualify for disability compensation because their health problems occurred during military service. Veterans with spinal cord injuries unrelated to their military service may receive VA medical care under rules governing veterans with catastrophic disabilities or low incomes. The spinal cord is the main pathway for transmitting information between the brain and the nerves that … Read More


Diabetes mellitus – also known as “Type II” or “adult onset” diabetes – is a growing health issue among U.S. veterans. In fact, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) listed type II diabetes as one of the most prevalent disability claims among compensation recipients. Like other VA disabilities, to receive disability compensation, a veteran’s diabetes type II diagnosis must … Read More

Prosthetics and VA

VA’s Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services is responsible for the national policies and programs for medical rehabilitation, prosthetic and sensory aids services that promote the health, independence and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. This office aligns clinical expertise, clinical and practice guidance, and specialized procurement resources to provide comprehensive rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotic, services across the VHA health care … Read More

Suicide Prevention

Sometimes, life’s challenges can feel overwhelming. VA offers a number of programs and resources for Veterans and their loved ones, friends, and health care providers. Suicide is a national health concern that affects many veterans. VA works with community partners across the country – including faith communities, employers, schools, and health care organizations – to prevent suicide among all Veterans, … Read More

Respiratory Health and VA Disability

Two specific types of respiratory diseases that can restrict breathing are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways characterized by episodes of breathing problems. While it cannot be cured, its symptoms can be controlled. COPD is characterized by airflow limitation. The limitation is usually progressive and is associated with an abnormal … Read More