Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not new and it is not uncommon. It has undoubtedly
been a by-product of war since the first cavemen ventured out to do battle with their neighbors. PTSD has a primitive
physical component. It is not indicative of any type of weakness or personal flaw. Never forget, you are a combat
veteran. You have done what others are either unwilling or unable to do and you have earned the right to all
the benefits and services the nation you served makes available to you.
is available for those who suffer from the ravages of PTSD. For a particular patient those treatments may range from medications
to counseling or intense inpatient hospital treatment, or a combination of these. Take advantage of your treatment opportunities. Doing so can help you live a more useful and productive post-combat life. You’ve
earned the right to such treatment and to a long and fulfilling life after your military service.
addition to treatment, if your service-related PTSD is disabling, you may be eligible for VA monthly compensation. Those
who suffer from PTSD often have employment issues that make it hard for them to make a living or to hold a job. Do not shy away from using this opportunity. It is not a handout.
In fact, if you give it some thought, you will realize it is perhaps one of the most earned benefits that can be provided
to a combat veteran.
VA compensation can relieve the economic
stress you and your family may be experiencing. It can give you the respite from daily pressures that will allow you
to begin to heal. Getting help for PTSD isn’t for sissies. It takes
a willingness to get help and it takes hard work to manage your symptoms. But
then, going to war wasn’t easy.