help! PTSD claims are not a do-it-yourself endeavor. It
is important that your claim be prepared as well as possible. If improperly prepared
or documented, your claim is likely to fail. Depending on why it failed, your
claim may damage your ability to successfully appeal a bad decision or to win approval in a subsequent claim. A claim that has been filed incorrectly is as useless to you and your family as a claim that was never
you have PTSD, your disability may make it unlikely that you can weather the frustration of dealing with the VA and objectively
respond to its requests for information. A claim that has been abandoned by a frustrated veteran is as useless to him
and his family as a claim that was never filed.
various veterans organizations provide free claims assistance, as do state governments and local county service officers. See the Helpful Links section of this website for links to veterans claims
quality of the service available out there ranges from terrible to excellent. Try to find a person to help you who is
familiar with PTSD and has handled successful claims for compensation for PTSD. If
he or she doesn’t know, at a minimum, most of the information contained in this website, he or she will be of little
help to you.
a representative to help you with your VA claim is the second most important thing you can do after deciding to seek treatment
for your PTSD. However, before doing so, you need to have the details of your
case readily available. Detailed information about the who, what, where, and
when of combat-related events is vital to the successful preparation of your compensation claim.
help you, and to help your claims representative, we have provided you with a PTSD worksheet in a separate section of this
website. Print it and complete it honestly and fully to help you, your claims
representative, and your VA examining physician assemble and document the best possible claim.
Complete the worksheet and file it away even if you do not believe you have PTSD at this time. Believe me, memories of the people, places, and events so fresh in your mind today will fade. As the years pass, your mind will instinctively try to erase traumatic events from your consciousness.
For treatment or compensation purposes you may need to have the information on the worksheet available to you in the years