New regulations approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will make it easier for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries to obtain health care and compensation, according to the International Business Times.

The new rules, which go into effect mid-January 2014, will no longer require veterans to prove that their brain injuries were caused during military service. Additionally, coverage will expand to include compensation for sufferers of Parkinson’s, dementia, depression, seizures and hormone-deficiency diseases that compromise brain function.

There are, however, some limitations, including time constraints for diagnoses, such as the requirement that depression must be apparent within three years of a moderate injury or one year of a mild injury in order to be eligible for coverage. Additionally, veterans with brain damage-related diseases will only qualify for compensation if their brain injury is deemed moderate to severe.

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