PTSD or posttraumatic stress disorder is brought on by the direct experience or witness of a traumatic event. Members of the military are often exposed to these events through combat operation, terrorist attacks, torture, and the witness of the death of other military members.
PTSD is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder among American veterans. PTSD can negatively affect a veteran’s ability to work or maintain regular employment.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of PTSD can make everyday life extremely difficult. Diagnosis can be tricky, as symptoms might not occur until months or years after a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Reliving an event (flashbacks)
- Avoidance of situations
- Numbness to life
- Intense feelings of anxiety
People suffering from PTSD often experience alterations in their arousal level resulting in:
- Angry or irritable outbursts
- Self-destructive behavior
- Hyper vigilance
- Exaggerated startle response
- Problems with concentration
- Sleep disturbances
- Feelings of separation
After being evaluated by a professional, a treatment plan can be developed which might include therapy, medication or a combination of the two.
Disability Benefits for Veterans With PTSD
Programs are offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help people deal with the symptoms of PTSD. In order to receive these benefits, a formal claim must be filed and interviews about social history and psychological symptoms must take place. In order to qualify, veterans must provide sufficient evidence that links their symptoms with the traumatic event that occurred during their military service.
The claims process is complex and it can take several months to find out whether a claim has been approved. If the claim is denied, veterans can appeal the VA’s decision.
PTSD Claims Process
Filing a claim for benefits can cause a lot of undue stress for veterans and their families. Our law firm can help you obtain the benefits that you deserve. Our experienced PTSD lawyers work directly with you throughout the entire claims process. We make sure that you are fully informed about the status of your case and the strategy being implemented on your behalf.
Bergmann & Moore are Veterans benefits attorneys located in Bethesda, Maryland. Our firm is managed by two former VA attorneys. We have helped thousands of U.S. veterans and their families successfully navigate the VA claims process.
Please contact us for a free consultation on PTSD benefits.