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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

After witnessing or experiencing a traumatic or life-threatening event such as war, a natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault, people commonly have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event such as intrusive thoughts or trouble sleeping.

If these symptoms do not go away, or if they get worse, you may develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  What is important for Veterans to know is that VA provides healthcare and disability compensation for Veterans with PTSD.

PTSD is a Serious Issue

Serious symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing the traumatic event or flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, hyper vigilance, irritability, and isolation from friends and family.  PTSD may manifest in the form of other mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression years or decades later.

PTSD is often prevalent in Veterans who were in combat or deployed to a war zone during their military service. For example, VA estimated that about 30 percent of Vietnam War Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

For more facts about PTSD, visit VA’s National Center for PTSD web site. For information about Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and PTSD, visit Bergmann & Moore’s web site.

PTSD Treatment Information

As a result of their serious symptoms, many veterans with PTSD experience difficulty functioning in an occupational environment. PTSD often impacts job performance or the ability to work. VA offers treatment at Vet Centers and Medical Centers. Treatment at a Vet Center is free and service connection (VA disability compensation) is not required..

PTSD Claims: VA Issued New Regulations in 2010

In addition to medical care, VA provides disability compensation for Veterans with PTSD. VA significantly expanded disability benefits for Veterans with PTSD in July 2010 based on decades of scientific research.  In July 2010, “VA reduced the evidence needed if the trauma claimed by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity and is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran’s service.”  

However, many Veterans remain unaware of this major change, and VA often makes mistakes when deciding a Veteran’s PTSD claims, often denying the Veteran’s claim or granting the Veteran a low rating. In many cases, Individual Unemployability can increase a Veteran’s rating up to the 100 percent level

 

Bergmann & Moore in Action

Understanding VA’s complex and changing rules for PTSD claims and then submitting all of the paperwork in a timely manner can be a challenge, especially because there is a mental health condition and associated psychological trauma.

Bergmann & Moore has helped hundreds of Veterans win their PTSD benefits because our staff knows the VA claims system well and we are trained to listen and care.

Free PTSD Claim Consultation

Bergmann & Moore remains dedicated to helping veterans obtain benefits from VA. If you filed a claim for PTSD that was denied by VA, or if you believe you should have a higher PTSD, depression, or anxiety rating from VA, then Bergmann & Moore may be able to assist you with this type of complex claim appeal.

Please contact Bergmann & Moore for a FREE consultation.

 

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