Seeking Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD

Veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the population. When this condition is the result of experiences suffered during their military service, it can qualify them for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). So how do you go about seeking disability benefits as a veteran with PTSD?

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychological condition that results from people experiencing or witnessing an event that places themselves or others at serious risk of injury or death. Common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, increased sensitivity to certain stimuli, aversion to things that remind them of the traumatic event, anxiety, and depression. While veterans are some of the most commonly seen victims of PTSD, it is also commonly seen among survivors of violent crime, as well as those who have been through natural disasters.

Why Do Veterans Suffer From PTSD?

Veterans are more likely to suffer PTSD than other people for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that they are more likely than the average person to be placed in life-threatening situations. Sexual assault is also a sadly common issue among veterans, particularly for female veterans. Even veterans who never personally experience combat may be traumatized from accidents during training exercises, or from witnessing injuries others experience due to combat.

How Can You Obtain Veterans Disability Benefits For PTSD?

To be able to get veterans disability benefits for PTSD, you need to meet several criteria. First, you must be a veteran of the United States armed forces with an honorable discharge from the military. Second, you must have medical records indicating your psychological issues, whether from the VA or another medical institution, such as a hospital, physician or psychologist. Finally, you must be able to demonstrate that your condition is related to your military service.

What Should You Do?

If you are a veteran suffering from PTSD or any other psychological or medical condition and you want to seek VA disability benefits, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling veterans disability claims. They can help you apply for benefits, and help you navigate any legal issues that may arise. And if your claim is denied, they can help you appeal to give you the best chance possible of success.

The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. Call our office at (800) 395-7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.

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