Patrick Jolly is the Napa County Veterans Service Officer. He is an advocate for veteran's rights and assists in a number of areas including medical, education and death benefits.
A significant number of veterans living in Napa County suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The National Center for PTSD estimates roughly 30 percent of male veterans and 27 percent of female veterans have this condition.
One of the more common disabilities among veterans is not easily seen by others, and it is rarely discussed with non-veterans. It doesn’t cause a limp, a stoop, a slump or a squint. But at its worst, it can cause a complete emotional or even physical shut down.
Veterans may be able to receive compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs if they have a physical or psychological condition that can be connected to their military service. In general, the veteran has to prove several things. However, for some veterans, the process is much simpler.