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.
One of the least known benefits is an education benefit available to children of veterans. A child of a veteran with a disability rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs may qualify to attend any California community college, state college or state university tuition-free.
Veterans in Napa County are a rather unusual demographic. We are a mostly older community. Of the roughly 11,000 veterans in Napa County, over 8,000 are over age 55, and nearly 3,000 are over 75!
If you served in the military and you have a physical or psychological disability, you may be eligible to get treatment, and even compensation, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
People who served in the military (aka veterans) with a current medical or mental health condition that can be connected to their military service can have that condition “service connected” by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The VA currently treats roughly 40,000 veterans with this disease and they estimate there are an additional 40,000 veterans who have the disease but have not been diagnosed.
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.
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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.