VA PTSD Claims: What Every Veteran Needs to Know



PTSD Guide Updated 9/4/2020

0:00 Introduction
0:36 What is PTSD? How long has PTSD been around?
1:40 When did PTSD become diagnosable?
2:09 What is the DSM? | What is the DSM-V?
3:01 VA Disability Compensation for PTSD Explained | How To Service Connect PTSD
4:14 When do you have to not show a stressor for PTSD?
5:20 Issues with service connecting PTSD | Roadblocks
6:00 Criteria the VA requires for PTSD | Symptoms of PTSD
7:30 How come VA C&P Exam doesn’t agree with my VA doctor?
8:04 Hill & Ponton case example where client with PTSD was denied benefits
9:10 Why are VA disability benefits so difficult to get?
10:21 What to expect when going through a PTSD C&P Exam
12:56 PTSD symptoms recognized by VA.
Nightmare, Rage, Irritability, Panic Attacks, Hyper Vigilance, and more.
13:56 How to handle new trend for PTSD C&P Exams | Don’t fall for this trick!
14:50 Facial recognition testing for PTSD | Attempt to discredit disabled veterans
15:55 Misleading PTSD C&P Exam to see if vets are “malingerers”
17:13 VA PTSD Criteria needed for PTSD diagnosis Explained!
17:40 What is the DSM criteria for PTSD?
18:00 PTSD Criterion A: Stressor
18:52 Non-military example of PTSD
20:02 Detailed discussion of PTSD Criterion B: Intrusive symptoms
21:34 PTSD Criterion C: Avoidance symptoms
21:56 In-depth discussion of PTSD Criterion D: Negative alterations in cognition and mood
24:35 PTSD Criterion E Alterations in arousal and reactivity
26:38 Criterion F: Duration of PTSD symptoms
26:54 Criterion G: Functional significance. Is your PTSD affecting your daily living?
27:18 Criterion H: Exclusion. Your PTSD symptoms cannot be attributed to substance use or self-medication.
29:20 PTSD Ratings
29:54 Any PTSD exceptions when it comes to VA disability claims?
30:09 What are the PTSD Specifications?
Dissociative specification vs. delayed specification
31:26 How does the VA rate PTSD?
VA PTSD Ratings 0%, 30%, 50%, 70%, or 100%
31:47 0% PTSD rating
31:54 30% PTSD rating
32:08 50% PTSD rating
32:17 70% PTSD rating
32:29 100% PTSD rating explained
33:13 PTSD C&P Exams tips | Tips for attending PTSD C&P Exam
35:00 What if I can’t work because of my PTSD? Individual unemployability. TDIU. VA unemployability
35:54 Getting Proper PTSD Ratings and Unemployability due to PTSD discussed
36:45 Board of Veterans’ Appeals and PTSD claims discussed (BVA and PTSD)
37:14 Does VA automatically consider you for Unemployability if you have 70% disability rating and can’t work due to PTSD?
37:41 How do I file an Unemployability claim for PTSD? What is the TDIU form? VA Form 21-8940
40:08 Buddy statements for PTSD claims | Mental health claims
42:07 Who are the best people to ask to write a buddy statement for my PTSD claim?
43:13 Multiple Mental health conditions and VA claims
43:46 What if I’m diagnosed with multiple mental health conditions like depression, PTSD, anxiety and want all of those service-connected?
44:14 Can I be paid for two mental health conditions or more? Does the VA only pay for one mental health condition?
45:47 Examples we see of mental health claims and how Hill & Ponton handles these VA claims
47:14 Is it better to file for just one mental health condition instead of multiple ones?

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Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a very common mental health condition brought on by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic or terrifying event. The Mayo Clinic estimates that more than three million Americans are diagnosed with PTSD every year.

PTSD is especially prevalent among veterans, who are exposed to a number of these traumatic sights and experiences while serving in the military. Estimates vary widely on exactly how many veterans are living with PTSD, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that approximately 10 to 15 out of every 100 veterans will develop PTSD at some point following their military service.

Veterans diagnosed with PTSD may qualify to receive benefits and compensation from the VA. In 2010, new regulations passed that make it easier for veterans to file a disability claim and receive PTSD compensation. These regulations no longer require veterans to provide evidence that the traumatic event that caused their PTSD took place.

If you choose to file a disability claim with the VA, you will be assigned a percentage that rates the severity of your illness. You can read more on PTSD and Ratings below
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