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...

How Do I Get Service-Connected for My Disability?

  This is an important question, because veterans service-connected for disabilities or diseases incurred in service may receive financial compensation for those disabilities or diseases. Unfortunately, it’s not automatic. The VA is required to do a three-step...
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 Gulf War Syndrome?

Problems Associated With Gulf War Syndrome Gulf War Syndrome is an undiagnosed illness that is generally characterized by fatigue, chronic headaches, respiratory problems, skin problems, and other symptoms. It is often associated with service in southwest Asia from...
The Service Connection – July 2016

The Service Connection – July 2016

Veterans’ Law Newsletter Issue 1 – July 2016 Acquired Psychiatric Conditions By Jerusha Hancock While post-traumatic stress disorder gets a lot of attention when it comes to veterans, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes, a veteran’s symptoms don’t...