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PTSD VA Ratings: What You Need to Know

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Today we want to share a recent article from Military dot com that we covered on The Victory Garden as it is important information regarding the VA rating for PTSD. We encourage you to listen to the episode by clicking here.

We also wanted to provide a text version so you can read the article so it is reposted below if you would rather read than listen.

PTSD VA Ratings: What You Need to Know

Veterans who experienced certain traumatic events during their service may be able to receive disability compensation in the form of non-taxed monthly payments, as well as free health care, including specific PTSD treatment.

For a veteran to receive these disability benefits, he or she must demonstrate that the PTSD was caused, or made worse, by events that occurred during active military service. The adverse events could also have happened during military training, whether active or inactive duty. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs also reviews post-service disability claims, meaning that if the PTSD didn't appear until after active-duty service, it may still be covered as long as veterans can show the service caused the condition.

For any disability claim, the condition can be one that affects the mind, body or both, and this also applies to PTSD.

PTSD is the fourth-most prevalent type of benefits claim the VA receives. Of the roughly 5 million veterans who receive compensation benefits, more than 1.1 million get PTSD benefits.

Eligibility begins with veterans demonstrating and documenting the effects of the trauma and submitting a claim to the government.

What Is PTSD?

PTSD, which stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a reaction to trauma that lasts beyond the first month after the adverse experience and negatively impacts mental and physical health, social connections, daily tasks and/or work performance.

After any trauma, it's normal to feel sad, angry, stressed or disoriented. It's also common to have problems focusing, sleeping or getting along with others. Most people who are exposed to a traumatic, stressful event experience some of the symptoms of PTSD in the days and weeks after exposure.

A PTSD diagnosis may be made if these difficulties persist and worsen beyond the first few weeks. Data suggest that about 8% of men and 20% of women go on to develop PTSD, and roughly 30% of these individuals develop a chronic form that persists throughout their lifetimes.

PTSD risk increases "when the traumatic event is more severe, violent, occurs over a longer period of time or involves harm to oneself or loss of a loved one," according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

An estimated 7.8% of Americans will experience PTSD during their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6% of U.S. adults ages 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year.

About 30% of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD.

PTSD is treatable.

Please share this information with all the veterans and veteran family members you know.

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Thank you for this information. I will share it with my brother in law as he is a veteran.

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