Friday, September 16, 2011

How Does the VA Determine a 100% Rating for Service Connected PTSD?

The following blog is the sixth and final in a series of blogs describing the VA Departments criteria for rating PTSD Service Connection. As we mentioned in our previous blog:

PTSD is a disorder that the VA can grant a Veteran between zero and one hundred percent for service connected compensation. Unlike some issues that peak at ten percent, or thirty percent, a Veteran can get service connected compensation up to one hundred percent for PTSD.

The following symptoms are what a Veteran who was granted 100% service connection would likely suffer from:  

100%-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.
It is important to note that it is very difficult to jump from fifty to seventy, or one hundred percent. Often times an increase such as this requires severe impairment. This can include, but is not limited to fear of leaving ones house, institutionalization, or causing physical harm to one’s self, or others.
When a Veteran has service connected PTSD that is granted at 100%, he is likely to have a GAF score that is in the low end rage of the scale. As we noted before, in most cases, the lower the score, the more severe the PTSD.
*Please note that this is just a general guideline, and it is subject to change. The above illustrates a typical 100% rating.
If you are interested in filing a claim for PTSD in relation to VA Disability Compensation, or if you have been denied, and would like the help of an attorney to file in appeal, call our offices at 1-877-526-3457. Find out more information at our website,


  1. Is there a disabilaty benefit for type 11 diabetes, as it relates to potential exposure to "agent orange" during Vietnam service. I was the only member of my family to have served in Vietnam and have NO family generation history of diabetes. Are there variations of severe to mild,? does it make a difference?.Does it affect the compensation?
    Ken Ostien

  2. Diabetes is something that can be service connected for as a result of Agent Orange Exposure. If you are curious to learn more about this, please contact our office directly at: 1-877-526