What are the Common VA Disabilities for Veterans who Worked on Navy Ships

Life on board a ship or submarine out at sea can be difficult. Veterans working on Navy ships are often working long hours in cramped spaces, especially those working in submarines. These ships have low ceilings, the floor is always moving, and servicemembers are constantly going up and down ladders that are moving the entire time. It is easy to see why a Veteran who worked aboard a ship or submarine could get injured or develop a disability while in service. In this article, we are going to look at some common injuries and disabilities among Veterans who worked aboard Navy ships or submarines.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Veterans working aboard Navy ships are prone to suffer a variety of injuries related to slips and falls. Ships at sea are constantly moving and rocking back and forth which can cause a Veteran to lose their balance. Therefore, Veterans who work on navy ships often suffer ankle and lower extremity injuries related to falling while aboard the ship.

These Veterans can also experience serious head injuries due to a fall, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Sleep Disorders

Any Veteran who worked on a Navy ship knows how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep. The inability of these Veterans to fall and stay asleep can lead to other sleep disorders in the future, such as sleep apnea or insomnia.

Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are also prominent among Veterans who served on Navy ships. These Veterans are often dealing with a high amount of stress, especially those who work in CIC. These working conditions can cause a Veteran to develop anxiety or other mental health conditions.

Veterans who served on a ship or submarine together usually become a close-knit group. However, after service, many of these Veterans struggle dealing with the loneliness of life as a civilian. It is common for Veterans who served aboard ships, just like Veterans in all branches and MOS’, to develop depression after returning home from service.

Any serious accident or incident a Veteran encounters while aboard a Navy ship could lead to post traumatic stress disorder if it is severe enough. Although it is somewhat uncommon, Veterans on a Navy ship could develop PTSD while in service.

Hearing Trauma

Veterans who work in engineering spaces are likely exposed to loud noises on a continual basis, which could easily lead to a hearing disability in the future. Veterans who work below the deck could also develop hearing problems such as tinnitus related to the working conditions they are exposed to on a daily basis.

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