PTSD is said to affect approximately 30% of Vietnam Veterans and possibly the same number in today's conflicts. We have seen our fellow veterans lose jobs, marriages, homes, and their life to PTSD. The VA established changes to it's rules for claiming PTSD as a disability making it easier for veterans to file a claim and receive compensation.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.

VA Ruling on PTSD (Click to View/Hide)

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur soon after a major trauma, or it can be delayed for more than 6 months after the event. When it occurs soon after the trauma, it usually gets better after 3 months. However, some people have a longer-term form of PTSD, which can last for many years.

PTSD can occur at any age and can follow a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or events such as war, a prison stay, assault, domestic abuse, or rape. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in the United States may have caused PTSD in some people who were involved, in people who saw the disaster, and in people who lost relatives and friends. These kinds of events can produce stress in anyone, but not everyone develops PTSD.

The cause of PTSD is unknown, but psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved. PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves (neurotransmitters). Having been exposed to trauma in the past may increase the risk of PTSD. (Excerpt from National Institute of Health).

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After a Determination of a Mental Disorder According to 38 CFR § 3.304(f)(1

After a determination has been made of PTSD or any mental disorder the VA then makes a determination of the precentage of disability based on the guidelines outlined in 38 CFR 4-130-C or other provisions of 38 CFR.

Determination of Disability Rating for 38 CFR Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities 4-130-C

§4.130—Scheduling of ratings—mental disorders

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Below is an extract of 38 CFR Book C, 4-130-C. The numbers in bold print is the disability percentage rating

Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: 
			gross impairment in thought processes or communication; 
			persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate 
			behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent 
			inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance 
			of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory 
			loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name 	100 

		Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, 
			such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, 
			due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals 
			which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, 
			obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting 
			the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively;
			impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods 
			of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and
			hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including 
			work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain 
			effective relationships 	70 

		Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and
			productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, 
			circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once 
			a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment 
			of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned
			material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired
			abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in 
			establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships 	50 

		Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work
			efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational
			tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine 
			behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms 
			as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or 
			less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as 
			forgetting names, directions, recent events) 	30 

		Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms 
			which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational 
			tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms controlled 
			by continuous medication 	10 

		A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not 
			severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social 
			functioning or to require continuous medication	0 

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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:51:13 +0000

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:21:24 +0000

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:03:21 +0000

Veterans who support research into the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder came together with other advocates at a medical campus in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon to protest the departure of a leading researcher in the field. via Vets rally in Phoenix for terminated UA researcher.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:50:56 +0000

As legal marijuana expands in the USA, with recreational sales starting Tuesday in Washington state, a first-of-its-kind pot study approved by the federal government is hitting a snag. via Marijuana study backed by feds delayed after researcher’s firing.

US Data Corporation Pledges to Donate 1% of All Retail Sales in May to The Soldiers Project | Intercooler

Sat, 10 May 2014 22:14:37 +0000

All US Data Corporation purchases made during the month of May will be helping our Veterans struggling with PTSD. Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 10, 2014 In honor of Memorial Day, US Data Corporation has pledged to donate 1% of all retail sales for the month of May to The Soldiers Project. Any sales made during […]

Arizona veterans back off senator’s recall

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:07:57 +0000

BRAHM RESNIK Brahm Resnik, Phoenix 2:55 p.m. MST April 16, 2014 An Arizona veterans group that launched a recall effort last week against Republican state Sen. Kimberly Yee is filing papers Wednesday to end the recall. via Arizona veterans back off senator’s recall.

Starbucks CEO To Donate $30 Million To Support PTSD Research For Veterans

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:06:12 +0000

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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:54:45 +0000

By Steve Krafft, FOX 10 News  PHOENIX (KSAZ) – The proposed University of Arizona scientific study about using marijuana to treat veterans with post traumatic stress disorder has the green light from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. But one person, State Senator Kimberly Yee of Phoenix has stopped the bill in it’s tracks. via […]