The Department of Veterans Affairs' benefits evaluation system for service-connected head injuries ignores several symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and should reflect the most updated medical knowledge, according to a report released Wednesday. In a review of the VA's process for evaluating and awarding disability compensation for TBI, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel said the overall process should be made clearer to patients and include input from providers trained in recognizing TBI. The panel found that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has taken "great pains to train its raters ... to accurately and reliably rate a disability." But it said the process, which involves filing a claim and a review known as a compensation and pension (C&P) examination that may include a disability benefits questionnaire (DBQ), has shortcomings. Panel members said they'd like to see veterans given access to their compensation and pension exam results as documented in the questionnaire and details on any additional materials requested by the VBA. Read more on Military.com.
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