For years veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have had to provide specific documentation to the Veterans Administration (VA) to prove the causes of their condition to receive disability compensation. This is about to change.

The New York Times reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs is establishing new rules that will make it easier for veterans to receive disability compensation for PTSD, an anxiety disorder triggered by traumatic events, which affects hundreds of thousands of veterans.

The regulation change applies to veterans of all wars. The VA will grant compensation if the veteran can prove that they served in a war zone at a job consistent with the events that caused their condition or if the veteran had reasons to fear traumatic events not necessarily experienced.

Eric K. Shineski, secretary of veteran affairs said in a statement to the New York Times, “This nation has a solemn obligation to the men and women who have honorably served this country and suffer from the emotional and often devastating hidden wounds of war. This final regulation goes a long way to ensure that veterans receive the benefits and services they need.”

One stipulation of the rule requires that final determination on a veteran’s case be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist from the VA for the purpose of assessing whether or not the traumatic events, or stressors, are consistent with the veteran’s military duties.

The regulations for PTSD compensation claims are expected to take effect July 12, 2010. 

If you need help in applying for disability compensation from the VA for PTSD, contact the Alpha team to help you develop your case. We know how to improve your chances for approval of compensation and healthcare benefits from the VA.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.