The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC Jan. 16, 2018

Veterans in California and throughout the country may benefit from a recent executive order signed by President Trump that is set to take effect on March 9. The order would allow immediate access to mental health services for those out of the military for a year or less. Typically, an individual is only entitled to VA benefits once a health issue has been identified.

Furthermore, in order to be eligible for treatment, a person's condition must be linked to his or her military service. Individuals who have been out of the military for a year or less are the most likely to commit suicide, and each day, 20 people that have recently transitioned into civilian life kill themselves, according to data from the Washington Post. President Trump said during the signing ceremony that providing veterans with quality care was a top priority.

There may be a variety of benefits to which military veterans may be entitled after they have completed their service. These benefits may make it possible to pay for educational expenses or keep up with medical bills, such as the cost of home care services. These services may also help those who have served in the military to make a smoother transition back into civilian life from a mental standpoint. People that are curious about the types of benefits to which they may be entitled may wish to consult with an attorney.

Speaking with a lawyer may make it easier for someone to determine if he or she is entitled to military or other government benefits. A lawyer may be able to help an individual fill out an application for social security disability benefits or assist him or her during the appeal process. If benefits are wrongly denied to an individual, it may be possible for him or her to take legal action in an effort to obtain them.

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