VA Disability Rating for PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be challenging to identify and diagnose. Many Veterans experience trauma through events, such as combat, an assault, or a disaster. Afterwards, they may carry on normally, only to find that months or even years later they are replaying the traumatic events in their memory. The stress and anxiety of reliving their trauma can prove debilitating to their mental health, relationships, and employment.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides disability compensation for PTSD. The level of financial support depends on a critical factor: your VA PTSD rating.
What is a VA Rating for PTSD?
A VA PTSD rating is a numerical value representing the severity of PTSD. VA adjudicators assign a disability rating based on factors such as social and occupational impairment, as well as the severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms. The VA disability ratings for PTSD are expressed as a percentage and include ratings of 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, and 100%.
- 0% VA Disability Rating for PTSD is the lowest possible rating. While the VA may recognize symptoms of PTSD, those symptoms are not deemed severe enough to interfere with occupational or social functioning or to require continuous medication. Veterans with a 0% rating do not receive disability compensation for PTSD.
- 10% VA Disability Rating for PTSD is the lowest compensable VA PTSD disability rating. This rating is assigned in cases where a Veteran may experience PTSD symptoms that are amplified during periods of stress, but ultimately do not impair their ability to work. Veterans with a PTSD disability rating of 10% will receive a monthly payment of $165.92 in 2023.
- 30% VA Disability Rating for PTSD is assigned when a Veteran experiences periodic inability to perform occupational tasks due to symptoms such as depressed mood, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep impairment or memory loss. A key criteria for the 30% rating is that PTSD does not fully prevent the Veteran from performing in a work environment. Veterans with no dependents and a PTSD disability rating of 30% will receive a monthly payment of $508.05 in 2023.
- 50% VA Disability Rating for PTSD applies when a Veteran displays more noticeable cognitive defects such as difficulty following instructions or making decisions. Veterans with this rating will often suffer from depression and anxiety, sometimes resulting in a “flattened affect” causing them to speak in a monotonous tone and lack facial expression. Veterans with no dependents and a PTSD disability rating of 50% will receive a monthly payment of $1,041.82 in 2023.
- 70% VA Disability Rating for PTSD involves more severe symptoms that cause significant levels of impairment, both occupationally and socially. Veterans in this group suffer from a near-constant state of panic or depression that affects all aspects of their life. Veterans with no dependents and a PTSD disability rating of 70% will receive a monthly payment of $1,663.06 in 2023.
- 100% VA Disability Rating for PTSD is assigned in cases where a Veteran’s symptoms are so severe that they are totally impaired and unable to function in everyday life. Symptoms include: gross impairment in thought processes; persistent delusions; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living; disorientation of time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives or own name. Veterans with no dependents and a PTSD disability rating of 100% will receive a monthly payment of $3,621.95 in 2023.
How to Prove Your Claim for VA PTSD Disability
In order to obtain VA disability compensation for PTSD, Veterans must meet three conditions:
- A current diagnosis of PTSD from a qualified healthcare professional (e.g. therapist, psychiatrist, or general practitioner)
- A statement from the Veteran defining an in-service traumatic event, or “stressor”, that is linked to their PTSD symptoms
- A medical opinion that the stressor was sufficient enough to cause PTSD from a VA psychologist/psychiatrist
Get the Benefits You Deserve
At Vets National Advocates, we use our expert knowledge to help Veterans navigate the complex procedures of filing or appealing a VA disability claim. Let us guide you toward a life that honors the sacrifices you have made for our nation. Contact us today for a free consultation using our online form or call 1 (877) 777-4021.