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  • PTSD Apply
    U S you can call the nearest VA Regional Office VARO by using the following number 1 800 827 1000 Do not wait until you have gathered all of the evidence that you think you will need Every day you delay can mean another day of benefits lost forever Warning Do not be discouraged by a VA employee who says you are not entitled to benefits Put your claim in writing and insist on a written reply from the VA How to Apply To apply send the VA a letter stating that you have a problem with your nerves emotions etc that arose out of your military service This is called an informal claim and will count as an application although you will eventually be required to submit a formal application on VA form 21 526 If you have not heard from the VA within one month you should call to confirm that your application has been received If you have applied before been denied and did not file a formal appeal send a letter that states that you wish to reopen your claim with new and material evidence What to Apply For The VA offers monetary benefits to veterans with service connected disabilities under its disability compensation program and to veterans with serious nonservice connected disabilities under its pension program Survivors may be entitled to benefits if the VA determines that the veteran had a service connected disability that caused or substantially contributed to cause the veteran s death See below Who Can Apply A claim for PTSD is not limited to veterans who participated in combat with the enemy For example sexual assaults vehicular accidents being a victim of a crime or other sufficiently traumatic events during service can support a diagnosis of PTSD for VA claims purposes

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  • Develop The Evidence
    State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links What is PTSD Tips on Working with Your Service Representative Get Help Apply Develop Evidence Establish Diagnosis Establish Stressor How the VA Evaluates Levels of Disability How to Respond to the VA s Decision Incarcerated Veterans VA Medical Services Help for Children Social Security Benefits Vietnam Veterans of America Lawyers Develop The Evidence The VA regulation that governs the adjudication of PTSD claims is title 38 Code of Federal Regulations section 3 304 f formally cited as 38 C F R 3 304 f Essentially the regulation provides that service connection for PTSD requires medical evidence of a current clear diagnosis of PTSD a link between current PTSD symptoms and an in service stressor that is established by medical evidence and credible supporting evidence that the claimed stressor actually occurred If the evidence establishes that the veteran engaged in combat and the claimed stressor is related to combat the veteran s lay testimony alone can establish that the claimed stressor occurred The same applies to stressors related to captivity where the evidence demonstrates that the veteran was a prisoner of war If the claimed stressor is not related to combat the veteran must prove its existence with evidence such as service medical or personnel records unit records morning reports or buddy statements Where the claimed stressor is a personal or sexual assault evidence from sources other than the veteran s service record may be used to corroborate the veteran s account Such sources include records of law enforcement authorities rape crisis

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  • PTSD Establish A Diagnosis
    clear diagnosis of PTSD That diagnosis should come from a mental health professional psychiatrist psychologist psychiatric social worker or therapist If at all possible work with a private mental health professional who has had experience with treating PTSD who understands the requirements for a clear diagnosis and is willing to provide a detailed medical opinion letter or report that explains exactly the reasons he or she concludes you have PTSD If you have records that document the in service stressor let your doctor review them prior to writing his or her report It is even better to provide your doctor with a copy of your service medical records You can request a copy of your service medical records from the National Personnel Record Center in St Louis Mo using a Standard Form 180 Request Pertaining to Military Records This form is available from your representative or any VA office You can also apply for a copy of your service records online http vetrecs archives gov Frequently veterans with PTSD may have other diagnoses e g personality disorder or substance abuse It is very important that your doctor explain how your current diagnosis of PTSD relates to any other psychiatric disorder that you might have If there is a history of alcohol or drug abuse the doctor should state whether it preexisted PTSD or not and whether substance abuse developed because of PTSD i e self medication You can expect the VA to contact you for evidence or for permission to request copies of your medical records If the VA has treated you for your PTSD make sure to ask that the VA obtain all records from the treatment center The VA may schedule you for an examination by one of its doctors at a VA hospital or clinic This examination

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  • PTSD Establish A Stressor
    Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links What is PTSD Tips on Working with Your Service Representative Get Help Apply Develop Evidence Establish Diagnosis Establish Stressor How the VA Evaluates Levels of Disability How to Respond to the VA s Decision Incarcerated Veterans VA Medical Services Help for Children Social Security Benefits Vietnam Veterans of America Lawyers Establish A Stressor To prevail in a PTSD based claim you must establish that you have undergone a traumatic event or events called a stressor during your military service that would support a clinical diagnosis of PTSD Unless your military records document that you were in combat with the enemy your claimed stressor must be documented A combat related military occupational specialty MOS or combat related awards or decorations e g Combat Infantryman s Badge or a Purple Heart are examples of documented combat experience However if your service records do not demonstrate a combat related MOS or decorations and you assert that you had experienced combat or enemy fire or attack the VA is required to assist you in obtaining documentation that supports your claim including researching government records that could place you in a documented area of attack or an isolated hostile incident You are entitled to one copy of your entire VA claims file or C file without charge If you have ever had any official contact with the VA that relates to a claim for benefits your claims file should contain all of the service

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  • PTSD How The VA Evaluates Levels Of Disability
    the severity of related symptoms and a corresponding disability percentage called a rating or evaluation Although there are different DCs for covered psychiatric disorders the VA evaluates the level of disability due to psychiatric disorders under the same criteria regardless of the actual diagnosis 38 C F R 4 130 DC 9411 governs PTSD ratings This regulation provides graduated ratings of 0 10 30 50 70 or 100 A 0 rating is noncompensable This means that you have service connected PTSD however there is little or no impairment as a result VA compensation payments begin at 10 and increase at each rating level The VA has adopted the criteria established in the DSM 5 as the basis for its psychiatric ratings including PTSD Although it is being slowly phased out in favor of more robust tests there is a diagnostic matrix called the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale GAF that may be used to determine your level of disability The lower the GAF score the higher the level of social and industrial impairment Section 4 130 is reproduced below You can share this with your psychiatric provider of care who can prepare a report or opinion letter for submission to the VA that describes your level of impairment Bear in mind that even if the severity of your symptoms do not satisfy the diagnostic criteria for a 100 or total evaluation under the rating schedule if your rating is high enough another VA regulation 38 C F R 4 16 allows the VA to pay you at the 100 level if medical evidence demonstrates that your are unable to obtain or maintain substantially gainful employment as the result of your service connected PTSD The technical term for this is a total rating on the basis of individual unemployability due to service connected disability TDIU or IU 38 C F R 4 130 DC 9411 General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders Total occupational and social impairment due to such symptoms as gross impairment in thought process or communication persistent delusions or hallucinations grossly inappropriate behavior persistent danger of hurting self or others intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene disorientation to time or place memory loss for names of close relatives own occupation or own name 100 Occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas such as work school family relations judgment thinking or mood due to such symptoms as suicidal ideation obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities speech intermittently illogical obscure or irrelevant near continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently appropriately and effectively impaired impulse control such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence spatial disorientation neglect of personal appearance and hygiene difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances including work or a worklike setting inability to establish and maintain effective relationships 70 Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as flattened affect circumstantial circumlocutory or stereotyped speech panic attacks more than

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  • How To Respond To The VA's Decision
    records and explain their significance in a letter you and your representative prepare together Once the VA regional office makes a decision with respect to your claim you and your service representative will receive a notice of that decision which explains the reasons for the VA s determination Read the notice carefully and discuss it with your representative Your appeal should address the specific reasons why the VA denied the claim or awarded a rating that is too low or an effective date that is too late The first step in appealing a claim is to send the VA regional office a Notice of Disagreement NOD There is no official NOD form Generally the NOD can be a written statement on VA Form 21 4138 Statement in Support of Claim or a letter that states that you disagree with the decision Be sure to include in your NOD the date of the decision that you disagree with which issues you disagree with and that you intend to appeal those issues You have one year from the date of the VA s notice of its decision to file your NOD with the VA regional office If you miss this deadline you can only reopen your claim based on new and material evidence or establishing that the VA denial was the product of clear and unmistakable error which is very difficult to prove After the VA receives your NOD you should receive a letter that acknowledges your NOD You will be asked whether you wish to have your appeal sent to the Board of Veterans Appeals BVA in Washington D C or whether you wish to have your claim reviewed on a de novo basis The latter refers to the VA s Decision Review Officer DRO program This is an informal appellate

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  • Incarcerated Veterans
    Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links What is PTSD Tips on Working with Your Service Representative Get Help Apply Develop Evidence Establish Diagnosis Establish Stressor How the VA Evaluates Levels of Disability How to Respond to the VA s Decision Incarcerated Veterans VA Medical Services Help for Children Social Security Benefits Vietnam Veterans of America Lawyers Incarcerated Veterans The law allows the VA to limit the amount of compensation to veterans who are incarcerated for a felony conviction i e you may receive compensation at the 10 level The withheld compensation however can be apportioned to your family If you cannot obtain a VA examination while in prison try to obtain a detailed medical report from your facility s doctor psychiatrist or a private one Ask the doctor to use the criteria

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  • PTSD VA Medical Services
    Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links What is PTSD Tips on Working with Your Service Representative Get Help Apply Develop Evidence Establish Diagnosis Establish Stressor How the VA Evaluates Levels of Disability How to Respond to the VA s Decision Incarcerated Veterans VA Medical Services Help for Children Social Security Benefits Vietnam Veterans of America Lawyers VA Medical Services The VA operates a network of Vet Centers throughout the country that provides treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD Treatment at Vet Centers is often conducted with a group of veterans Sometimes the VA will pay for treatment by a local mental health professional if services through the nearest VA are not readily available To apply for this fee basis care contact your nearest VA medical center There are also a few VA medical centers that offer intensive inpatient care

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