VA Claims For Erectile Dysfunction (HARD FACTS!)
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is simply the inability to sustain an erection for sexual intercourse.
Many times erectile dysfunction may or may not develop until after a service member gets out of the military.
ED is relatively common amongst many men across the nation. Many men experience ED during periods of stress and are mentally draining. Occasional ED can be a sign of health problems that will need medical treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional. By treating ED in the early stages, you will be able to alleviate stress.
If any of these symptoms occur regularly, you should consult with your doctor and find out what prescriptions are available. There are a lot of causes for erectile dysfunction. Sometimes it is caused by medication. A good number of anti-depressants note that erectile dysfunction is a side effect.
Menta health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more – can cause erectile dysfunction.
The erection results from blood filling up the tissues in the penis. Anything that affects the tissue in the penis, or that affects the blood, its ability to flow easily and regularly, or anything that is in it, can cause erectile dysfunction. When medication is consumed, this may or may not affect the blood flow in the body.
At the beginning of the article, we discussed the definition of ED and its causes. As far as the
Department of Veterans Affairs classifies erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence) under a
category called “loss of a creative organ.”
What does this mean? It means that a straight service-connection for ED will give a service member 0 percent. However, the VA pays the claim under a separate category called Special Monthly Compensation (“SMC”).
SMC benefits for conditions like ED are paid in addition to any service-connected compensation you may have. The SMC rating will be designated as “SMC-k” and will compensate you at about $100.00
SMC’s are not based on a disability’s effects on earning. They are designed to compensate a veteran for non-economic factors such as personal inconvenience, social inadaptability, or the profound nature of a disability. SMC’s may be available to veterans with disabilities, which involve the loss of a limb, loss of vision, loss of hearing, or erectile dysfunction. It is important to note that loss of a limb qualifies for SMC, and a veteran may also be eligible for SMC for loss of use of an arm.
The 0 percent rating described above will apply unless you suffer from some deformity to your penis.
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