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Compensation Rules Change for Veterans with PTSD


For years veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have had to provide specific documentation to the Veterans Administration (VA) to prove the causes of their condition to receive disability compensation. This is about to change.

The New York Times reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs is establishing new rules that will make it easier for veterans to receive disability compensation for PTSD, an anxiety disorder triggered by traumatic events, which affects hundreds of thousands of veterans.

The regulation change applies to veterans of all wars. The VA will grant compensation if the veteran can prove that they served in a war zone at a job consistent with the events that caused their condition or if the veteran had reasons to fear traumatic events not necessarily experienced.

Eric K. Shineski, secretary of veteran affairs said in a statement to the New York Times, “This nation has a solemn obligation to the men and women who have honorably served this country and suffer from the emotional and often devastating hidden wounds of war. This final regulation goes a long way to ensure that veterans receive the benefits and services they need.”

One stipulation of the rule requires that final determination on a veteran’s case be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist from the VA for the purpose of assessing whether or not the traumatic events, or stressors, are consistent with the veteran’s military duties.

The regulations for PTSD compensation claims are expected to take effect July 12, 2010. 

If you need help in applying for disability compensation from the VA for PTSD, contact the Alpha team to help you develop your case. We know how to improve your chances for approval of compensation and healthcare benefits from the VA.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.


6 comments to “Compensation Rules Change for Veterans with PTSD”

  • David L Lee, January 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I currently have a claim in for PTSD. A doctor in am Oklahoma VA hospital said I didn’t have PTSD. however, later a Dr. in Texas said I did. The claim is at Waco, TX awaiting further information from me. Please contact me at 918 384 8464 for more infotmation. Help!

  • Alpha, January 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm


    Your Alpha advocate will be in touch with you next week. You have a scheduled appointment with your advocate on January 16th. We are here to help. Hang in there!

  • Ann, February 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I am confused. My husband is 170% disabled from the war in vietnam. He got his 100letter about 5 years ago. If he dies before he was rated 100% for 10 years what happens. He had a heart attack which the va says is from agent orange and he had that heart attack 10 years ago. But we only filed for disability about 8 years ago and it took about 2 to 3 years for him to receive the 100% rating. What is the rule please. I find it all very confusing.

  • Alpha, February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm


    If he passes away of a disability that is found to be related to his military service, his surviving spouse would still be entitled to DIC benefits even though he wasn’t 100% for 10 years.

  • Jim, May 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Seems the VA has pulled my disability case and is attempting to take away my disability benefits. I have been rated 100% perminent and total disabled due to service related injuries. I received a call from a man who is reviewing my case and must meet with me in person to see if i still qualify for 100% pay…Whats this all about???

  • Alpha, May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am


    I do not believe the VA is trying to take his 100% rating away from him. They might place someone in charge to handle your payments for you. You will have to ask them why they are sending someone to meet with you. Good luck.