If you are attempting to file a PTSD claim with the VA, there is a worksheet developed by the PTSD Help Network that can assist you in providing your veterans service officer or representative and your examining physician with the information they need. In order to receive VA compensation for PTSD there are two items of evidence that must exist:
- Stressor: In a recent regulatory revision, the VA will accept as a stressor the fact that a veteran was in “fear of military or terrorist activity.” Likewise any event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury could also be considered a stressor. That fear or event must be consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the veteran’s service. Moreover, a VA psychiatrist or psychologist, or those working under contract to the VA, must confirm that the claimed stressor is adequate enough to support a diagnosis of PTSD.
- Diagnosis: A diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rendered by a psychiatrist. Counseling reports prepared by Vet Centers may be considered in determining the degree of your impairment; however, there must be a diagnosis of PTSD made by a physician specialized in psychiatry.
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