VA Disability Rating for PTSD: Non-Combat Stressor
Do you have Non-Combat VA PTSD disability claim? Ever try to convince the VA that your non-combat stressor event occurred?
It’s a lot harder for non-combat Veterans – if you didn’t serve in combat, the VA isn’t going to take your word for it: you have to prove to the VA that the stressor event occurred. It’s really hard, isn’t it?
Today I want to talk about a new case out of the CAVC that requires the VA to go even FURTHER in its Duty to Assist the Veteran.
Veterans Must Prove Non-Combat Stressors in a VA PTSD Disability Claim.
As any of you who have tried to service connect a VA PTSD disability for a non-combat related event know, it is extremely difficult to corroborate that your stressor event occurred.
Maybe you witnessed a soldier cut in half when pinched between 2 tanks in a training drill.
Or saw your “battle buddy” plummet from the top of the rappel towers on an obstacle course, crushing his skull.
Or maybe you watched a little kid get rolled over by a tank on a training exercise in Korea.
These are non-combat events – real events that I have seen in real Veterans’ claims.
Under the current law of PTSD compensation claims, your word that something happened is not good enough for the VA to believe you.
Veterans with Non-combat stressor events have to corroborate the stressor event using “credible evidence”.
There are many ways to corroborate this event – from “buddy statements” to “newspaper articles” or medical treatment records, etc.
That’s not what this post is about. This post is about the JSRRC – and what it does in a PTSD Compensation claim.