About PTSD VA Disability Benefits
Post-Traumattic Stress Disorder (PTSD) VA disability benefits offer help to veterans who are having trouble coping with life after service. Many veterans have PTSD after their military service. Many veterans incorrectly believe you had to serve in a theater of war to receive PTSD benefits. If you served stateside you are still eligible for PTSD benefits. For PTSD benefits there must be a stressor event such as a friend killed near you, an I.E.D., a plane crash, military sexual trauma, etc. This event can happen in a foreign country or here in the U.S. The stressor event must have happened during your time in the service.
Symptoms of PTSD in Veterans
Avoidance: Veterans with PTSD often withdraw from society, family, and friends. They avoid large crowds or anything that may trigger flashbacks.
Flashbacks: Veterans that relive their traumatic experience may have PTSD. Flashbacks are sensory experiences that can remind veterans of their traumatic event.
Hyper-Arousal: Veterans who experience irritability and are constantly agitated my be suffering from PTSD. Many veterans describe feeling “on-edge” who have PTSD.
Eligibility for PTSD VA Disability Benefits
Veterans who wish to receive PTSD VA disability benefits must be eligible by the rules and regulations of the Veterans Administration. Veterans must have served active-duty and must not have a dishonorable discharge. The Veterans Administration also requires veterans to have mental or physical impairments that are service-related for VA benefits.
Requirements for PTSD Benefits
- To be eligible for PTSD VA disability benefits veterans must first have a diagnosis of PTSD. If you do not, we suggest you begin treating with a mental health professional for help. They will be able to diagnose you and offer help to deal with PTSD.
- Veterans must have an event that caused their trauma. You should gather your military records that show the event or statements from other military members you served with. These statements are going to have to be consistent with your time in the service.
- Veterans will need a medical option that the stressor event has a great enough impact to cause PTSD.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and PTSD
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) can be the cause of PTSD. While in the military, many veterans were subjected to rape, hazing, groping, or other inappropriate sexual behavior. Many scandals have broke over the last few years showing that the armed forces did very little to prevent sexual crimes and often ignored them. Many victims of MST never got the treatment they deserved after their horrifying event.
PTSD VA Disability Benefits Denials
The Veterans Administration makes lots of mistakes and unjustly denies many veterans their PTSD VA disability benefits. If you were recently denied you may be able to file a PTSD VA disability benefits appeal. Veterans that were denied PTSD benefits have one year to appeal the VA’s decision from the date the denial was made.
If you have waited longer than one year to appeal, you can re-submit an initial application and open a new claim. You will have to go through the initial application process again but at least you have a second shot at obtaining PTSD benefits.
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Help With Your PTSD Benefits
If you have questions, you can always call Woods & Woods PTSD veterans disability benefits lawyers. There is never a charge for a free legal consultation and we are happy to answer your questions. If you have not yet applied for PTSD VA disability benefits, we can help you file for no charge. The call and advice are free.