Service in the US Navy is different than in the other branches because life aboard ship carries its own particular risks. Sailors live in a unique environment that may lead to injury or illness in ways that others may not expect. From using different chemicals to working on the flight…

By Stephani Bennett, Veterans Attorney When talking about VA disability benefits, we tend to think in broad military terms. An injury was incurred “in service” or due to a deployment to a certain region. But each branch of service has its own risks based on duties commonly performed. For instance,…

Recognizing PTSD Symptoms

Veterans who have experienced a traumatic event in-service may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it isn’t always immediately diagnosed. Sometimes sufferers aren’t aware of their condition until others notice changes in mood and behavior. This delay in diagnosis can create problems. Several sufferers have had multiple jobs only…

How Trauma Affects the Brain

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be frightening and painful for people who experience it. Many Veterans suffer from this debilitating condition. When an individual is a witness to violence, bloodshed, and the stress of combat, the brain’s structure changes and its functionality can be altered. These changes can make it…

The rate at which veterans suffer from depression can be up to twice as high as the national average. According to the VA’s National Registry for Depression, 11% of veterans 65 and older have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. This is most likely a low number, as not all…

It is no surprise that animals are being used to help veterans with PTSD. These dogs could be used to help a veteran with significant hearing loss or vision loss, or performing a task that the individual cannot perform because of a disability. Or, these animals could be used as…

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…

The Relationship Between PTSD and ASD The symptoms of PTSD and ASD are generally very similar. Usually, 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…

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. But, what is post traumatic stress disorder? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disability…

Can I Get a Disability for PTSD?

Disability Benefit Lawyers for Veterans With PTSD Can I receive disability benefits 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…