As a VA attorney, I speak to many potential clients who wish to pursue claims for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For VA purposes, PTSD occurs when a veteran experiences a traumatic event while in the military. According to the VA, the symptoms of PTSD include “reliving the event, avoiding places or things that remind you of the event, a shift to more negative thoughts and feelings, feeling numb, and feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)”. Often times these symptoms can arise many years after the traumatic event.
A lot of people believe that only veterans who experienced a traumatic event during combat can get VA benefits for PTSD. This is false. Banks Law has been successful in litigating PTSD claims involving events such as a physical altercation while in the military, sexual harassment by superiors, and near death experiences while in training.
It is important to remember that if you believe you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD and you feel it is related to the military, you must get treatment for it so that there is enough medical evidence to support your case.
If you feel you may have a VA claim for PTSD, please call Banks Law. Our attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you.
The article below is a great example of how a paratrooper was awarded PTSD from a non-combat event. After 43 years, he was finally awarded PTSD as a result of a botched parachute jump: