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Applying for Social Security with PTSD

Published on June 23rd, 2020

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980, is a trauma-induced mental disorder that affects many soldiers who have returned from duty. The figures range depending on service area, maxing out at an estimated 30% of all Vietnam Veterans experiencing PTSD in their lifetime.

The symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety that may come with physical reactions such as nausea, sweating, or a pounding heart when confronted with reminders of the traumatic event(s). Some also experience a loss of interest in life and daily activities, numbness, and detachment from other people.

What Do I Need to Qualify for Veterans Benefits?

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides benefits for those whose past military service lead to their PTSD diagnosis. Here are the requirements to qualify:

  • You must have an official diagnosis of PTSD.
  • Your symptoms must have been caused by a stressor or specific traumatic event that occurred during your military service.
  • You must have documented medical evidence from a medical professional that the in-service stressor caused your PTSD. See our article on medical nexus letters.
  • You must not have been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions.

Veterans Compensation Benefits Lawyer in Alabama

If you are a veteran who lives with the symptoms of PTSD or another disorder related to your military service, you may be entitled to veteran’s benefits. Our veterans compensation benefits lawyer in Alabama can help you navigate the application process. There are no legal fees unless you win. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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