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.