VA Claims for PTSD Compensation: Start By Using the PTSD Worksheet

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.

To view the worksheet go here: PTSD WORKSHEET

A Veterans Service Publication of PTSDhelp.net

Resources and Services for the Significant Others of PTSD Veterans

Often referred to as the “invisible wounds” of war, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is all too visible to the loved ones of a suffering Veteran.  For most significant others, watching the person you once knew slowly disappear into their own inner hell is nothing less than heartbreaking.  Unfortunately, it is all to easy to get sucked into that ever-sinking abyss of insanity when you quite simply don’t know what you’re dealing with.

Hopefully, some of these resources and services can help significant others and loved ones of veterans suffering from PTSD.  This information is vital to your mental health, and to theirs. Trust me, I am speaking from experience on this one:

1) FACE THE FACTS. Read this study from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD: Partners of Veterans with PTSD: Research Findings

2) GET HELP NOW.  Contact your local Vet Center.  If there is not one near you, then here’s a good list of resources to try from PTSD Anonymous