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Military and Veteran Resources: Caring for Veterans: Home

Caring for Veterans

This page will provide links to web resources, support groups, and articles that discuss care for veterans.

Conditions

Brain Trauma

Duel Diagnosis 

Mental Health

Mesothelioma

PTSD

Tobacco News (Cessation and Support)

  • QuitDay - Offering support for veteran's who desire to stop smoking.
  • American Lung Association - They offer programs, advocacy, and support to those who wish to stop smoking or are battling lung disease.

 

 

Education Resources

Back to School: Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injurty

Gives Service Members and Veterans with TBI tips and resources ranging from symptom management to choosing a school and adjusting to civilian campus culture. - National Resource Directory (NRD)

VA Medical Rating Manuals, Disability Questionnaires, and Guides

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide: The VA's C&P Service Clinician's Guide was primarily used by VA clinicians conducting disability exams prior to the release of the Disability Questionnaires.  The document still serves as a good reference point because the chapters often provide a description of the examination's purpose, an exam overview, disorder factors to consider, and guidance in diagnosing to help the VA compensation and pension rater.

Disability Rating Tables and Combined Rating Table: 2020 Veterans disability compensation rates. If VA finds that a Veteran has multiple disabilities, VA uses the Combined Ratings Table below to calculate a combined disability rating. Disability ratings are not additive, meaning that if a Veteran has one disability rated 60% and a second disability 20%, the combined rating is not 80%. This is because subsequent disability ratings are applied to an already disabled Veteran, so the 20% disability is applied to a Veteran who is already 60% disabled. Below you will find the steps VA takes to combine ratings for more than one disability and examples using the Combined Ratings Table to illustrate how combined ratings are calculated.

Caregiver Support

Caring for a veteran isn't easy. There is support available for caregivers. 

Call Toll-Free 1-855-260-3274

Call Toll-Free 1-800-273-8255

Finding Medical Experts to Help Veterans

Care for Disabled Veterans: If you’re a family member caring for a Veteran with disabilities, we want to support you. We recognize that family caregivers enhance the health and well-being of Veterans they care for in their home. Find out if you qualify for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and how to apply.

Long Term Care: As a Veteran, you may be able to get assisted living, residential (live-in), or home health care through VA. Find out how to access these long-term care services.

VSO: If you need help filing a claim or appeal, you may want to work with an accredited attorney, a claims agent, or a Veterans Service Officer (VSO). We trust these professionals because they’re trained and certified in the VA claims and appeals processes and can help you with VA-related needs.

 

Employment

Executive Director

Request a Research Appointment

Need more help? Reference librarians are available to meet with students in one-on-one sessions (or in small groups) to discuss research strategies, recommend MeSH subject headings or review specific topics of research. Contact healthscienceslibrary@howard.edu with the subject you're researching and when you would like to meet. A librarian will get back to you to set up an appointment. We ask that you request your appointment at least 2 days in advance, but remember that you can always stop by the reference desk for immediate help with a quick research question.

Patrons above the graduate level are welcome to have literature searches completed for them by filling out the literature search form found here: https://hsl-howard.libwizard.com/f/litsearch. Be as specific as possible and the librarian assigned to your literature search will be in touch, or will send the completed literature search within 4 business days. 

 

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