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Social Security Disability for Veterans With PTSD

After going through a traumatic or life-threatening event, it is not unusual for the individual to experience upsetting memories of the event, difficulty sleeping, agitation, or general uneasiness. When such reactions persist or worsen, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Have you been through combat? Experienced a highly upsetting or traumatic event while in the Armed Services? PTSD is very common among service men and women, especially when they have gone through a traumatic event while stationed overseas.

Have you experienced any of the following?

  • Combat exposure
  • Terrorist attack
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault
  • Prisoner of war
  • Torture
  • A serious accident
  • A natural disaster such as a fire or tornado

When you are in the midst of a traumatic event, you feel as if your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel fear, apprehension, and as if you cannot control the situation. It is common for people to experience stress-related reactions after such events, but not everyone gets PTSD. If your reactions have not gone away, or if they have begun disrupting your everyday life, you may have PTSD.

Unfortunately, many war veterans experience PTSD, as this is common when a soldier witnesses or directly experiences traumatic events involving capture, torture, injuries, killings, physical assaults, rape, and other emotionally disturbing events.

PTSD often causes nightmares, anxiety, recurrent flashbacks, physical symptoms, chronic pain, and employment problems. The treatment for PTSD may include counseling, psychotherapy, antidepressant medications, antipsychotic medications, cognitive-behavior therapy, and any combination of the above.

Can I get SSDI for my PTSD?

Can a service member get SSDI for PTSD? Yes, absolutely. An applicant can be approved if their medical records satisfy the requirements for Social Security’s listing of anxiety-related disorders. The other way to get approved is through a “medical vocational allowance.” While this may seem unusual, this is a route by which many SSDI and SSI disability claims are approved.

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, we urge you to contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible for legal assistance. We service clients all throughout Plano, Dallas, and the surrounding areas!