Table of Contents
- Veterans Serving Veterans with PTSD
- What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- How Common Is PTSD?
- How Do You Know If You Have PTSD?
- How Is PTSD Diagnosed?
- How is PTSD Treated?
- Does Your PTSD Qualify You for VA Disability Benefits?
- How Do You Prove Your Eligibility for PTSD-Related VA Disability Benefits?
- What VA Disability Benefits Can You Receive If You Have PTSD?
- Do You Disagreee with the VA's Decision on Your PTSD Claim?
- Why Hire a Lawyer to Help with Your VA Disability Claim Appeal
For years, the general population, medical community and military ignored or misunderstood post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, today, PTSD is widely recognized as a serious mental disorder that can severely impair a person’s ability to work and interact with others.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats service-connected PTSD as a qualifying impairment for veterans’ disability compensation benefits. These are monthly, tax-free payments that can play a major role in improving a disabled veteran’s life.
To qualify for VA disability benefits, your service-connected PTSD does not need to be completely incapacitating. Instead, the VA will assign a disability rating to you. If your rating is 10 percent or higher, the VA will pay you disability compensation.
Even if the severity of your PTSD rating does not warrant a 100 percent disability rating, you may still qualify for disability benefits at the 100 percent rating if you cannot maintain employment. Some veterans with severe PTSD, deserve a total disability rating based upon individual unemployability (TDIU) even though the VA has rated their disability at a lower percentage.
Unfortunately, many veterans with PTSD run into roadblocks when they seek the disability benefits they need. The VA may:
- Deny that a veteran suffers from service-connected PTSD
- Award benefits at a lower disability rating than the veteran deserves
- Determine an incorrect effective date for the veteran’s benefits, which can impact the amount of back pay that a veteran receives.
If you face any of these obstacles, The Berry Law Firm wants to help.