Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder And Veterans
VA Disability Help for Veterans with PTSD
Sometimes a traumatic experience leaves such a lasting impact on your life that things are changed forever. Left in a state of hyper-alertness and unable to relax, veterans suffering from PTSD often struggle to function in the civilian world. It can seem impossible to focus on the important things — family, friends, a job — when every loud noise or quick movement takes you right back.
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after a stressful or traumatic event. Usually, the situation is one that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. It can be any range of experiences, from being involved in combat to patrolling for roadside IEDs. Whether you witnessed something awful during war or were just there to pick up the pieces, PTSD can have a life-changing effect.
If you are having trouble getting back to regular life and reconnecting with the people you love, you may be suffering from PTSD. Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience many different symptoms, including the ones listed below:
- Nightmares/bad dreams
- Trouble sleeping
- Fearful thoughts
- Numbness to emotion
- Finding it difficult to stop thinking about the event.
- Upsetting memories
- Pounding heart, fast breathing, sweating
At Voice 4 Vets, our highly qualified VA-accredited claims agents help veterans, including those who have returned from Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq or Afghanistan. They understand the challenges you face and use the latest technology, including a state-of-the-art national computer system, to handle veteran’s disability claims that have been denied. Our claims agents have one goal: Take action for you to get you the benefits you deserve.
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
Improvised Explosive Devices — called IEDs or roadside bombs — have been responsible for about half of combat deaths in Iraq and a third of deaths in Afghanistan since October 2001. Encounters with these bombs are numerous and deadly. But they don’t always kill. Often the victims of IEDs experience extensive physical and emotional injuries. PTSD is one of the most common harms experienced and can change veterans’ lives forever.
Non-Combat Stressors and PTSD
Fortunately, growing public awareness of PTSD, and mental health in general, has made it easier for veterans seeking compensation for service-related PTSD. Previously, PTSD was only recognized as an outcome of combat operations, but that too has changed. The VA now acknowledges that non-combat stressors could cause PTSD, if the traumatic event occurred during the veteran’s time of active-duty service.
Mental health experts also know that it can take a long time, sometimes years, for symptoms of PTSD to show up to the extent that they disrupt a veteran’s basic functioning. You may have developed PTSD symptoms long after your time in service or were afraid to come forward at the time you experienced the trauma — that shouldn’t stop you from seeking benefits. If your PTSD symptoms make it difficult for you to work or go about your life normally, you have a good case for disability benefits. This article breaks down the process for applying for PTSD benefits and how the VA rating system works. But first, let us take a moment to unpack the difference between trauma and PTSD.
How the VA Rates PTSD
The VA rates PTSD from 0% to 100%, with breaks at 10%, 30%, 50%, and 70%. At the low end, a 0% rating meaning you have a diagnosis but few symptoms impacting your work. At the high end, a 100% rating meaning you are totally impaired, economically, and socially, and a danger to others.
What to Do if You have Been Diagnosed with PTSD
Veterans with PTSD often consult a lawyer or disability advocate for help. If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, talk to one of our experienced VA-accredited claims agents about your options. No matter where you are in the United States, you can call (912) 376-3501 for a free initial consultation, or simply complete the online contact form. Serving veterans nationwide from New York to Florida to Alaska, our claims agents have the help you need with your veteran’s disability claim.