Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How Does the VA Determine a 70% for Service Connected PTSD?

The following blog is the fifth 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 70% service connection would likely suffer from:  

Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal thoughts; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a work like setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
When a Veteran has service connected PTSD that is granted at 70%, he is likely to have a GAF score that is in nearing 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 70% 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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