Photo by RDNE Stock Project on

Everything you need to know about PTSD compensation charts

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious and debilitating mental health condition. Understanding the VA PTSD rating chart can help veterans accurately rate their symptoms and get the disability compensation they deserve.

A traumatic event is anything that severely threatens your life or sense of safety. It doesn‚Äôt have to happen to you directly ‚Äď you can also develop PTSD after witnessing a trauma.

39102611 1856400401094139 5967589429789851648 n

Life-changing therapy &
tools for a new you.

PTSD symptoms

The symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Unwanted memories, nightmares or flashbacks of the trauma.
  • Avoid people, places and situations that remind you of the traumatic events.
  • Negative changes in thoughts and feelings such as feeling depressed, hopeless, guilty, numb or detached.

It can also cause irritability, difficulty concentrating or being easily startled and a loss of interest in activities.

A traumatic event can be anything that severely threatens your life or sense of safety, such as an assault, serious accident, war-related injuries or the death of a loved one. It can even be something you witness, like a traffic accident or the abuse of someone close to you.

It doesn’t have to happen during active service, but you must have direct exposure to a life-threatening situation that could be a factor in your disability rating. Your VA psychiatrist or psychologist must provide a medical opinion that the in-service stressor was enough to cause your PTSD.

? to a provider
Online therapy and virtual counseling available now
Improve your mental well-being with online therapy. Get access to our therapy program online from your smartphone or computer. Book a therapy appointment online today.

PTSD ratings

The percentage ratings tie directly to the tax-free disability compensation you receive. Moreover, the PTSD compensation chart provides a breakdown of the monetary benefits awarded to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on the severity of their condition and its impact on their daily lives.

A good VA disability lawyer knows the nuances of the chart and understands how to communicate the severity of subjective symptoms, like anxiety or feelings of detachment, to help you secure an adequate rating.

PTSD ratings range from 0% to 100%, representing the extent to which your PTSD impacts your ability to work and carry out everyday tasks. A 0% rating means that your PTSD does not interfere with your daily functioning and is largely manageable by medication and therapy.

A 30% rating indicates mild symptomatology. It may include some depression, anxiety, suspiciousness, mild memory loss, chronic sleep impairment and panic attacks that occur less than weekly.

A 50% rating is more significant and includes frequent episodes of decreased work efficiency or intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks. A 70 percent rating can make it difficult to maintain employment and often results in unemployment or self-employment.

PlushCare 1
Speak with a state licensed therapist online on your schedule. Our diverse, qualified online therapists average 15 years of experience.
At PlushCare, we put the patient first in our virtual primary care and mental health treatment. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of care and improving patient outcomes throughout the healthcare experience.

PTSD severity

PTSD can cause many different symptoms, which are described in detail below. You may have difficulty sleeping, feel anxious and have upsetting memories of the trauma you experienced. It is normal to have some of these feelings after a traumatic event, but if the symptoms last more than a month or interfere with your daily life and relationships, you should see a mental health professional.

Your symptoms can be triggered by any reminder of the traumatic event, such as memory, hearing a certain sound or seeing an image. You may also have flashbacks or nightmares about the event, and you might avoid people or activities that remind you of it.

Some people try to avoid these painful emotions by numbing themselves, but this only makes their PTSD worse. They might become withdrawn and have trouble concentrating at work. They might even stop having romantic relationships and give up hobbies they used to enjoy. This is known as dissociation. Others feel constantly on edge and easily startled, which causes them to lose sleep, become irritable or angry, or have difficulty trusting others.

Treatment and medication for enlarged prostate (BPH) online
Skip the bathroom trips. Our board-certified medical professionals specializing in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have expertise in treating the root cause. Book an appointment today to speak with our medical team to prescribe the right enlarged prostate medication and treatment. Get a new prescription or refill an existing BPH prescription today.*

PTSD compensation

Veterans whose symptoms reach the 70% level have severe and persistent problems working or socialising, such as frequent panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, extreme depression, emotional outbursts and irrational anger, memory loss, hallucinations, a lack of motivation, and difficulty with relationships. Attaining this rating enables veterans to apply for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU), a benefit that reimburses them for 100% of their benefit rate.

To guarantee they get the benefits they are entitled to, veterans should be aware of the PTSD rating chart. If you believe you should be rated higher, contact an experienced VA disability attorney to request an Independent Medical Examination. This can help you see your symptoms more clearly and demonstrate that your PTSD is severe enough to receive a higher rating. This, in turn, leads to more monthly compensation payments.


Every month in 2024 we will be giving away one PlayStation 5. To qualify join our Facebook group, TikTok and Subscribe to our Sweet TnT Magazine YouTube channel

When you buy something through our retail links, we may earn commission and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

You may also like:

NDIS 101: Everything you need to know about accommodation

Why are partners of narcissists susceptible to Stockholm syndrome?

5 Ways to lessen stress and anxiety

Exercise and stress: 7 ways daily walks balance levels

Managing symptoms in adults with ASD and related autism and anxiety

Benefits of group therapy sessions

How massage therapy is exactly what you need to be happier


About Sweet TnT

Our global audience visits daily for the positive content about almost any topic. We at Culturama Publishing Company publish useful and entertaining articles, photos and videos in the categories Lifestyle, Places, Food, Health, Education, Tech, Finance, Local Writings and Books. Our content comes from writers in-house and readers all over the world who share experiences, recipes, tips and tricks on home remedies for health, tech, finance and education. We feature new talent and businesses in Trinidad and Tobago in all areas including food, photography, videography, music, art, literature and crafts. Submissions and press releases are welcomed. Send to Contact us about marketing Send us an email at to discuss marketing and advertising needs with Sweet TnT Magazine. Request our media kit to choose the package that suits you.

Check Also

Bartending instructor

How to become an online bartending instructor

Becoming an online bartending instructor involves teaching cocktail-making techniques, mixology skills, and beverage knowledge to …

Online selling

3 Online selling tips for beginners to succeed

More and more people are considering ecommerce as a potential career path, with even more …

Leave a Reply

Discover more from Sweet TnT Magazine

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading