A description of PTSD symptoms that your rating doctor will be looking for follows:

Diagnostic Criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A. Existence of a recognizable stressor that would evoke significant symptoms of distress in almost everyone

B. Re-experiencing of the trauma as evidenced by at least one of the following:

(1) recurrent and intrusive recollections of the event

(2) recurrent dreams of the event

(3) sudden acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were reoccurring, because of an association with an environmental or additional stimulus

C. Numbing of responsiveness to or reduced involvement with the external world, beginning some time after the trauma, as shown by at least one of the following:

(1) markedly diminished interest in one or more significant activities

(2) feeling of detachment or estrangement from others

(3) constricted affect

D. At least two of the following symptoms that were not present before the trauma:

(1) hyper alertness or exaggerated startle response

(2) sleep disturbance

(3) guilt about surviving when others have not, or about behavior required for survival

(4) memory impairment or trouble concentrating

(5) avoidance of activities that arouse recollection of the traumatic event

(6) intensification of symptoms by exposure to events that symbolize or resemble the traumatic event.

Subtypes: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute

A. onset of symptoms within six months of trauma

B. duration of symptoms less than six months Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic or Delayed Either of the following, or both:

(1) duration of symptoms six months or more (chronic)

(2) onset of symptoms at least six months after the trauma (delayed)


New Scams, Tricks and Lies used by the VA to Deny Veterans PTSD Benefits

Studies are being done and suggestions are being considered by the VA on ways to avoid the huge cost
of helping veterans who have PTSD. Example: Denying benefits for PTSD by claiming that the veteran has
a personality disorder, not PTSD. Also, we have heard of a PTSD program that claims to cure the veteran in
six weeks at which time the veteran’s disability is reduced to zero percent. The VA is looking for a way to put a
limit on PTSD benefits by disgracing combat vets — the plan is to call them “malingerers.” This all means that a
large chunk of the VA budget is being used not to help veterans, but to deny or reduce their benefits.

If you have experienced any “New Scams, Tricks and Lies used by the VA to Deny Veterans PTSD Benefits”
Please tell us by email: Sarge or Leslie