You Are Not Alone
If you are a veteran suffering from a mental disorder, you are not alone. Many veterans have impairments such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, schizophrenia, or even traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Veterans Administration offers VA disability benefits to veterans with mental disorders.
Mental conditions are common among those serving in the military and veterans. CNN reports that a JAMA study found nearly 25% of active-duty soldiers may test positive for a mental disorder of some kind. These conditions may worsen over time and years later a veteran may find themselves needing to apply for veterans disability benefits.
Compensation for Mental Conditions
If you are a veteran with a service-connected mental disorder, you may be eligible to receive over $2,900 in monthly compensation from the Veterans Administration. If you have dependent children or parents, there could be extra monthly compensation.
When many veterans are approved for the service-connected mental conditions, some find they have missing back pay. Your veterans disability benefit payments should have begun on your effective date. Lots of veterans find their effective date is years before they are finally approved for VA disability benefits. If you are owed back pay, it will be sent to you in a lump sum check. Many veterans find they are missing years of back pay and are owed large amounts of compensation.
Common Mental Conditions for Veterans Benefits
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Adjustment Disorder
- Delusional Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Mood Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Psychotic Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Mental Conditions Occurring From Service
If your mental disorder is directly related to your active-duty service, the impairment may be considered service-connected. The event that caused the mental condition did not have to happen abroad. Many terrible things happen to veterans who are also stateside. The event that caused the mental disorder doesn’t have to be something like an IED; it could be hazing, sexual trauma, or even being in a car accident.
Veterans should not forget that secondary service-connected impairments may be eligible for monthly compensation as well. For example. if a veteran has a traumatic event happen to them during service they may suffer from anxiety and PTSD. If their anxiety or PTSD causes depression, that may be considered secondary service-connected.
Mental Conditions Worsened by Service
If you entered the military with a mental disorder and it became worse from active-duty service, you may be eligible for veterans disability benefits. Military service can be hard on soldiers and can exacerbate their pre-existing mental conditions. There is help if your condition has worsened due to your active-duty service.
Hiring a Lawyer for Mental Condition VA Benefits
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers never charge a penny unless you win your appeal. There is never a fee for help with the application process. Our law firm has helped thousands of veterans and their families. Since 1985, we have protected the rights of injured and disabled people, just like you.