Clinical psychologist Patrick Weichert works with veterans on a limited basis to assist with mental health examinations and nexus letters for Veteran Affairs (VA) compensation. As a totally disabled veteran himself, he understands the often confusing path for wounded Veterans to receive their benefits for mental health services. Much of Patrick Weichert’s work is completed through private sources and the Veteran Benefits Network, where he provides advice on the claims process for Social Security and VA compensation.
The Veteran Benefits Network is a free online forum of approximately 30,000 members. The network is maintained by a group of volunteers who offer a safe place for veterans and their families to post questions and receive advice and encouragement. Though the network is not officially associated with the VA, it is an easily accessible location where members can mentor others on topics such as receiving compensation, submitting a claim, and survivor benefits. The Veteran Benefits Network also serves as a social forum for veterans to meet and get to know other service members who may share similar interests. There are also separate discussion boards for spouses and other family members to meet and chat about their related experiences.
Through his work with the Veterans Benefits Network, Patrick Weichert offers information and guidance to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and advises them on receiving proper compensation for military service injuries and illnesses. For his work with the network, he was awarded the “Heroes Among Us” award, a distinction given to only 10 of the network’s members.