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Depressed Civilian Contractors and the DBA - Getting the Help You Need
It seems like the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been going for a long, long time. It may seem that way to you also. War related depression happens in three main ways based upon what I have seen.
First, civilian contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan started getting down while overseas. It may get so bad that they end up leaving. Or, at least want to leave. They are torn between the down feelings they have and the money (often times this is family related because they want to put their family in a better place financially) and the sense of duty.
Second, after folks return home they get into a funk. Bit by bit they have trouble shaking it. They either deteriorate slowly or they quickly start to spiral into depression.
Third is a combination of the first two.
The First Thing You Must Do
When bringing a DBA claim, the first thing you must do is always tell the truth. No matter what it is you are worried about, you must always be honest and never sugarcoat anything to the judge or you attorney. If you do, then you will lose your case. Trust me, I have seen it time and time again. Do not be that person.
The Next Step
Before you even think about signing any forms from the DBA insurance company, you need to do your research. Order my free book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. I will send it to you for free and cover shipping.
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War is Hell
The fact of the matter is that the expression "war is hell" is true. And that hell doesn’t necessarily leave once you leave the war. I have seen it time and again. Many of you know that my law firm represent more Defense Base Act workers than any law firm in the western United States. My law firm represents folks from all over America and the world. Many of them are seriously depressed. I have been seeing it for a long time. It can get bad, really bad. These are good folks in a bad place.
My strong advice is to get help as soon as you can. You need to see a professional. Hopefully, a counselor/ psychologist that is familiar with war time / battle field depression. If you don’t know of any or there aren’t any where you live, we work with psychologists that can see you with Skype. That is, over the Internet with videoconferencing.
The important part is that you get help. The sooner you get help the better you will be. The most important thing is to start getting better. So you can start putting your life back together. So you can get along better with your family. So you can get to a better place. This is all doable, but you need to take the first step.
The problem for most folks is that they don’t know where to turn. They don’t know what to do. That's okay. A really good, seasoned Defense Base Act lawyer will be able to file the claim and deal with the DBA insurance company in order for you to try and concentrate on getting better.
You are entitled to medical treatment for your DBA related depression. Even if you may have had depression before your civilian contracting work.
On the legal side, if the depression temporarily or permanently prevents you from returning to the war zone, then you are also probably entitled to compensation benefits. Sometimes this can be a lifetime weekly payment or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This isn’t charity, you are entitled to this compensation under the Defense Base Act.
If you are concerned about a family member, and they are in a bad place and/or depressed, anxious, angry, etc. since returning from their civilian contractor work - - don’t think that you can’t reach out for help. In many instances the first call to our office is by a concerned spouse, parent and/or child. The important part is for your loved one to start getting the help they need in order to put their life back together.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley