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PTSD and the Vietnam Veteran


Having your claim for service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t have to be an agonizing process. Simply put, you must have the following:

  • Evidence that your in-service stressor actually occurred.
  • A current diagnosis of PTSD.
  • Medical evidence of a causal nexus (or link) between your current symptoms and the in-service stressor.
  • Criterion For Approved Claims For PTSD

  • Criterion #1: A Stressor (a condition, stimulus or life event that causes or profokes a stressful response in someone).
  • Criterion #2: Current Diagnosis of PTSD (you must have a current diagnosis of PTSD).
  • Criterion #3: Medical Evidence of a Link (The third requirement for consideration of a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder is medical evidence of a causal nexus (or link) between the current symptoms and the in-service stressor).
  • If Your Claim For PTSD is Denied

    If your claim for PTSD is denied, please do not lose hope. Go ahead and read the letter the VA sent you, and look specifically at the reasons why your claim was denied. Next, send a one-sentence letter to the VA stating you disagree with the decision. This protects your appeal rights, however, your letter must be received within one year of the VA denial letter. In your letter, you may submit any additional evidence you feel is relevant to your claim, or any information the VA requested but you failed to send.

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    "Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another."


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