What Is Suicidal Ideation?

Suicidal ideation is a symptom included in the VA rating schedule for mental health conditions. The VA considers the presence of this symptom when determining a rating decision for PTSD, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder and other mental health conditions. In a recent decision by the Court of Appeals…

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. The VA will consider both the…

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 stark…

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 be diagnosed years later because symptoms may not develop immediately after…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is very real. It affects an individual’s ability to maintain relationships and to gain and retain employment. It is, for many people, a barrier to social interaction with others. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disability brought on due to stress. It is very common in military veterans,…

Can I Get a Disability for PTSD?

Yes, you can receive a disability rating and compensation for PTSD. The VA provides compensation for veterans who are service-connected for post-traumatic stress disorder. Generally, a veteran must meet 3 criteria: A current diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder An in-service stressor A nexus or link between the current diagnosis and…