How Does a VA PTSD Rating Work?

The VA rates post-traumatic stress disorder using a standardized rating schedule. A veteran may be service-connected for 0%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, or 100% based on the severity of his or her PTSD. Click here to learn more about the differences between each percentage....

How Do I Receive the Correct Disability Rating?

Your VA Disability Rating Once a veteran is service-connected for a disability, the VA must decide at what percentage a veteran is disabled. This is a very important part of the VA decision-making process and affects monthly payment. A veteran who receives an...

What Do I Include in My PTSD Claim Letter?

The VA now has a form for the “stressor letter” that veterans commonly submit when applying for service connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A veteran may substantiate his or her claim that he/ she was involved in a traumatic event by filing VA Form...
Why Was My PTSD Claim Denied?

Why Was My PTSD Claim Denied?

The photo above is me during a break on patrol in Bosnia in 1999. As you can see, Kevlar helmet and flak vest have been removed. For those of you that served in the Balkans, you probably remember the light-skinned Humvees, Kevlar helmets, and flak vests. This was in...

What is the Difference Between PTSD and ASD?

  The Relationship Between PTSD and ASD Generally speaking, ASD (Acute Stress Disorder) precedes PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). ASD is diagnosed within one month of the traumatic incident and cannot be diagnosed as ASD after that time. PTSD, however, can...

How Can I Increase My PTSD VA Disability Rating?

  This is a fairly common question that we get. We’re contacted by a veteran who is rated at, say, 10 or 30% for PTSD, who tells us his buddy, whom he served with in Iraq or Afghanistan, is receiving 70% for the same thing. This veteran will ask us: “How can...