Post traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) is a condition affecting many veterans who have returned from combat. The symptoms of PTSD can include: nightmares, flashback, irritability, desire to sleep for longer periods, trouble concentrating, mood swings, and hyper sensitivity to loud noise or bight light. Many veterans who have PTSD qualify to receive VA disability. VA disability provides disabled veterans with monthly tax free payments.
Many veterans who are eligible to receive VA disability are denied benefits or fail to apply due to misinformation. Many veterans believe that if their symptoms of PTSD do not show up until decades after service, that they cannot receive compensation for the symptoms; this is not true. If the symptoms can be connected to a trigger during war time service, they can form the basis for a PTSD disability claim.
Many veterans do not receive VA disability payments for PTSD because they fail to show the triggering event during service that caused the PTSD. Simply showing that the veteran is experiencing symptoms of PTSD is insufficient to prove a claim for PTSD. A connection between the symptoms and an event during service must be shown. An event during service that can serve as the triggering event linking symptoms to PTSD can be a range of events, anything that is a traumatic experienced. VA regulations provide that if a veteran served in combat where they were engaged in live fire with the enemy, such event is automatically considered a sufficient trigger to form the basis of a claim for PTSD.
When applying for VA Disability based on PTSD, should provide as much detail about the event linking to PTSD as possible. If a veteran has been denied VA disability for any reason, including failure to prove PTSD, the veteran should hire an accredited VA attorney to assist in the appeal.