Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How does the VA Determine a 50% Rating for Service Connected PTSD?

The following blog is the fourth 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 50% service connection would likely suffer from:  

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.

When a Veteran has service connected PTSD that is granted at 50%, he is likely to have a GAF score that is in nearing the middle, to low end rage of the scale. As we noted before, in most cases, the lower the GAF 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 50% 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,


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