How a PTSD Disability Impacts Your VA Compensation Claim

As 13 million people across the country experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in some form, there are many highly functioning people actively managing their disability on a daily basis. Likewise, there are many more who are unaware they may have PTSD or do not know how to go about getting treatment and compensation for it.

If you struggle with the symptoms of PTSD the last thing you want to deal with is extra hurdles for the help you want or need.

Here are some things you should know about PTSD, filing a PTSD VA claim, and how we can help you.

Understanding PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a term that gets thrown around a lot. If two people go through a terrible weekend at a work conference, they might refer to having PTSD in a tongue in cheek way. However, it’s a pretty serious anxiety disorder. That being said, the trauma that leads one person to exhibit chronic symptoms vs the trauma that another person may have experienced to exhibit a whole other set of symptoms (or none at all) is completely subjective. Fact is, no two people are going to react to a traumatic event the same way. PTSD usually correlates with an intense situation when someone (self or others) has been either exposed to or has incurred a risk of injury or death of someone close to them. Perhaps the biggest paradox surrounding PTSD is that symptoms can occur days, months, or decades after the event took place.

You Need to Make a Claim with the VA

If your anxiety, depression, lack of sleeping, or any other potential symptoms of PTSD are related (even remotely) to your military service your first step needs to be filing with the VA via their special application for people suffering PTSD. To qualify for VA compensation and related medical benefits, you need to submit your claim to the Compensation and Pension Service. You can do this online, via the VA’s own site, at www.ebenefits.va.gov. Even if you’re not computer savvy, this a fairly simple application that will make a huge difference in your life and treatment if and when you’re successful.

Next Steps

You need to get your official PTSD diagnosis to move on in the process. You will have to relate the stress to a specific traumatic event, which will be documented by your psychiatrist in a VA C&P exam. You will then have to show that your PTSD is related to (or made worse by) an experience in your military record. Assuming you are successful in your claim, you will be given a certain “percentage” of disability, rating just how debilitating your symptoms are. The rating should take into account how often you experience challenges related to your PTSD, what triggers your challenges, and how long they last. If your ability to work and to function without assistance turns out to be serious enough, you can file for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits, an increase in ratings, and of course – Social Security Disability benefits. (Yes, you can claim SSDI & VA disability at the same time!)

A PTSD Disability Should not Stop You from Enjoying Life

Just because you experience PTSD does not mean you should not be able to do everything you want to with the rest of your life. If your military service is what caused that problem, America is indebted to you and should help you to manage your challenges through fair compensation and adequate treatment. If you’re wondering how your benefits balance out with your social security, check out our guide for more info.

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Written by Randi Johnson

Randi Johnson

When I get up in the morning, I express my Gratitude. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my family and our community. I wake each day with a purpose – to preserve and restore Joy. That’s it; it’s really that simple. I get to help people support their family through estate planning! And I represent clients and Veterans in disability claims.