September 23, 2019

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PTSD Claims


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be severely debilitating, but because it is an “invisible” disability, many veterans do not pursue the disability benefits they have earned. The very nature of PTSD can make the process of pursuing benefits very difficult and discouraging. An experienced VA disability lawyer can help. In 2010, the requirements for proving PTSD changed, making it easier for veterans to claim service-connected PTSD disability benefits.

PTSD Requirements

In order to receive service-connected PTSD disability benefits you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a current diagnosis of PTSD
  • Provide a statement about the traumatic event (stressor) that caused your PTSD
  • The stressor must be related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity
  • Have confirmation from a VA doctor that the stressor you recall supports a diagnosis of PTSD and is related to your symptoms
  • The stressor was likely to have happened under the circumstances of your service and there is no strong evidence that it did not

Change for Non-Combat Veterans

If you have been told that it is very difficult for a non-combat veteran to receive service-connected PTSD disability benefits, that information may have been based on the old rules. Prior to the change in regulation in 2010, it was more difficult for non-combat veterans to prove PTSD. Proof of the stressor was based on a combat veteran’s statement, but a non-combat veteran had to provide corroborating evidence that the stressor occurred.

The new rules have eliminated that requirement, so that non-combat veterans can get access to the benefits they need and have earned.

To learn more about PTSD disability benefits, please contact an experienced VA disability lawyer right away.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.