Howdy Veterans, I’m Combat Craig I created this channel so that I could share my VA Disability Claim experiences with you. I have made many mistakes with my VA Claim in the past and I have now taken charge of my claim so that I don’t make those same mistakes with the Veterans Administration in the future.
I have been living with PTSD for a good 29 years or so, and I have been talking with my VA Psychologist, and we have been talking about the problems I have with Establishing And Maintaining Effective Work And Social Relationships and that will be the focus of today’s video.
The VA rates mental health claims based on different criteria, but if you have a 0% or 100% rating, they all have a common thread, and that is how bad your PTSD affects your ability to maintain acceptable levels of social and occupational impairment.
As usual, Va does not define social and occupational impairment with regard to your VA claim and from what I can tell they do it on a case by case basis and they look at what you say when you file your claim, and then they go through your VA medical records and see what you have been saying to your VA primary care doctor and your VA psychologist. When I first saw the term social and occupational impairment, I laughed because this applies to every human being that goes to work and has some kind of relationship. When you are talking about occupational impairment, If you have a dead-end job that sucks and pays little to nothing, then you are going to have problems. You might not like your boss or co-workers, or you might not care about your job, so you put in the minimum amount of effort so you are not fired. You might also not care at all, and you end up getting fired. I fall into this category because no matter what kind of awesome job that I had, I also ended up getting fired.
When you are talking about social impairment, this is pretty much the same thing. You might meet the girl of your dreams and find out that she is too annoying to deal with. After a few years, you both might grow apart, and you find out that you cannot be together anymore. I cannot go through the entire list, but the divorce rate is high, and all sorts of people have all kinds of problems, so I think that this is pretty normal with all civilians and this is not exclusive to veterans. I know both of these categories are wide-ranging and extremely broad so I am going to focus on how my levels of social and occupational impairment helped me get a 70% mental health rating in my VA claim. Let’s start with the social impairment piece. It took me a while to get into Va and even longer to get into a mental health doctor at the beginning stages of my VA claim. Once I finally got in there, I was asked about my social life, and this was before I was married and I ran through the challenges I experienced in my dating life and at the time I was only able to hold down a relationship for 3 to 6 months. Again, this is pretty normal for any guy in his 20’s and 30’s, but for Va claim purposes, this was the start of the documentation. Life went on, and I got married in my 30’s, and I was not asked about my social impairment because on my paperwork it said that I was married, so I am assuming they checked the box that said everything is fine. This stayed the same for years until I ended up getting divorced a few years ago.