Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Often, the events that cause PTSD are difficult to document, making it nearly impossible to substantiate a claim for VA benefits. We cannot underestimate the power of being mutually supportive in dealing with the VA for PTSD claims. Men who have no records of events or Medals sorely need our assistance with hand written letters confirming their stressor event. By this effort YOU can be the difference maker in someone's quality of life in their retirement years. Please help each other!
Information About PTSD
- About PTSD
- Information about what PTSD is.
- Diagnostic Criteria
- The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria used for diagnosing PTSD.
- Disability rating formula for PTSD
- Describes the criteria for determining the percentage of disability.
- Initial Evaluation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Worksheet
- This is the form used for evaluation of PTSD and will help you understand exactly what is needed. You should pay particular attention to part D, where it mentions exposure to traumatic stressors. In other words, you must have your story well thought out before you get there. You only get one chance to make the bad impression here.
- Global Assessment of Functioning Chart
- This chart will show what goes into calculating a Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score. The GAF is one of the more important items used in calculating disability.
- Compensation Rate Table
- This table lists the various dollar amounts that correspond to different disability percentages.
Some Helpful Links Outside the Rattler/Firebird Association Web Site
- The VA has established a web site, specifically dedicated to the issue of PTSD.
- The Vietnam Veterans of America has some very good information regarding applying for benefits and can offer assistance in the process.
- Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information