Friday, September 9, 2011

How does the VA Determine a 30% Rating for Service Connected PTSD?

The following blog is the third 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 30% service connection would likely suffer from: 

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, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).

When a Veteran has service connected PTSD that is granted at 30%, he is likely to have a GAF score that is in nearing the middle range 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 30% rating.
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