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Dr. Sally Sharp from the VA Claims Insider Medical Team discusses VA Disability Claims for PTSD!

PTSD VA Claim Eligibility for Veterans

1. Medical diagnosis of PTSD or Other Mental Health Condition (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder)
2. The disability was caused or made worse by your active duty military service (“Nexus”)
3. Persistent and reoccurring symptoms of PTSD or other mental health condition(s) into the present day (severity of symptoms)

What Are PTSD Stressors?

PTSD ALWAYS has in-service stressor(s), such as:

• Exposure to death

• Threatened death (fear or hostility)

• Actual serious injury

• Threatened serious injury

• Actual sexual violence

• Threatened sexual violence

What Are PTSD Combat Stressors for my PTSD VA Claim?

PTSD-combat in-service stressor(s) examples:

• Rocket attacks in Afghanistan

• Enemy ambush in Vietnam

• IED event in Iraq

• Flight deck plane crash in Gulf War

• Seeing another service-member killed while deployed

What Are PTSD Non-Combat Stressors for my PTSD VA Claim?

PTSD non-combat in-service stressor(s) examples:

• Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

• Service-member suicide

• Serious car accidents

• Training accidents

• Victim of rape

• Witnessing a rape

Evidence Requirements: First-Time Filer of PTSD:

• In-service stressor(s) – what are they for you?

• Dates, description, geographic location, unit assignment, dates of assignment

• Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for PTSD

• Statement in Support of a Claim – VA Form 21-4138

• Buddy letter(s) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

• C&P Examiner will complete the DBQ for PTSD Initial

Evidence Requirements: PTSD Increase
• DBQ for PTSD Review – completed by a U.S. Board Certified Psychologist

• Statement in Support of a Claim – VA Form 21-4138

– You’re already service-connected; are your symptoms worse?

• Buddy letter(s) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

– VA Raters rely heavily on first-hand witness testimony

Evidence Requirements: Other Mental Health Conditions

• DBQ for Other Mental Health Conditions – completed by a U.S. Board Certified Psychologist

• Medical Nexus letter first-time filer – “more likely than not”

• Statement in Support of a Claim – VA Form 21-4138

• Buddy letter(s) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Crucial Tips for Your VA PTSD Claim

• Service-connection, is the Nexus clear?

• Pre-existing issues…

• Do you have a medical diagnosis?

• Are you actively seeking treatment?

• Do you take medications?

• What is your level of occupational and social impairment?

PTSD VA Claim Rating Criteria

PTSD claims are rated on a scale from 0% to 100%. The level of occupational and social impairment is what determines your overall rating under the law.

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