As any individual who has dealt with this painful and incapacitating injury is acutely aware, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder plays by its own rules. It’s hard to predict when or how the disorder will strike, often resulting in a dizzying range of physiological symptoms.
The VA has a unique set of rules for establishing a service connection in order to obtain VA disability compensation for PTSD.
In order to establish a service connection, the veteran must provide the VA with:
- An explanation of the event or circumstances that initially traumatized the veteran.
- A diagnosis of PTSD from a medical professional.
- A statement from a VA psychiatrist or psychologist linking the triggering event or circumstances to the diagnosed PTSD.
So long as the traumatizing experience is congruous with the type of service the veteran was providing and there is no evidence strong enough to cast doubt that the circumstances or experience didn’t occur, the veteran will be able to connect a PTSD diagnosis to their service.
This applies not only to veterans who served in combat, but all veterans exposed to hostile or terrorist actions and threats while in the military.
Veterans coping with mental health injuries need to understand that they don’t have to face their problems alone. If you are having problems establishing a service connection for any injury sustained during your service to our country, consider speaking with an experienced Dallas VA benefits lawyer as soon as you are able. Contact Morgan & Weisbrod by calling 800.800.6353 today.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law