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What the V.A. Looks For to Award Your (PTSD) Claim

By Dr. Anna Pat Krupkin, Ph.D
National Commander

witnessed a soldier flattened when a tank ran over a person, that you were in an airplane that was being shot at in flight and bullet holes wounded or almost killed you or others that you would feel emotionally numb, that you suffer sadness, nightmares, flashbacks, with chronic anxiety or nervousness; depression, jumpiness, that sounds remind you of the traumatic event, that you have trouble getting close to other people that you are an antisocial type, that you're unable to sleep. Veterans stationed in combat zones, should tell the VA they expected to die that from all you were exposed to the intense fear and helplessness has caused you severe mental emotional conditions.

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Next we will cover HOW TO RECOGNIZE (PTSD): Characteristic Symptoms. Dr. Anna Pat Krupkin, Ph.D is the National Commander of the United Veterans of America. Dr. Krupkin can be reached at (850) 835-2163 or by email: COmmander@CenturyLink.net. Street address is 46 Veterans Lane, Freeport, FL 32439. End.

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In our last two issues we covered how you can obtain a higher (PTSD) rating and what the V.A. looks for to cause a lowering of your (PTSD) percentage. In this issue we will now cover WHAT THE V.A. LOOKS FOR TO AWARD YOUR (PTSD), to recap our last few issues What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Commanly called (PTSD).

(PTSD) is a mental disorder characterized by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) as an anxiety disorder. It appears in the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities under 38 C.F.R. (CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS) Section 4.130 (1999) as diagnostic code 9411. Therefore, according to the DSM-IV, "The essential feature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the development of charateristic symptoms following exposure to extreme traumatic stressor involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to physical integrity of another person; or learning about an unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or other close associate. The response to the event must be "intense fear, helplessness, or horror." The characteristic symptoms involve reexperiencing the traumatic event, avoidance of stimuli associated with the cause or occupational functioning and be present for at least one month or longer.

The VA will accept that you suffer chronic (PTSD) if you suffer chronic FLASHBACKS, HALLUCINATIONS, and ILLUSIONS, that you were exposed to dead people, wounded people, involved in combat that you were injured or that you had witnessed others wounded or killed,  that you were involved in BODY BAG DETAIL, that you witnessed others killed and or blownup that you picked up body parts, arms, legs, head, torso, if you