There are a number of mental disorders that occur during or are aggravated during military service and entitle veterans to service connected disability compensation including the following:
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic attacks
- Sleep impairment
- Disorientation of all types
- Proclivity towards suicide
- Withdrawal or emotional numbing
- And many more…
Read further to learn more — or contact our veterans disability attorneys to talk about your situation and how we can help.
Disability Ratings for Mental Illness
Disability ratings for mental disorders range from 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, and 100%. The ratings are based upon the severity of social and occupational impairment
VA Common Mistakes
- The VA has a long history of denying service connection for mental disorders because it fails to understand the signs and symptoms demonstrated during service.
- As part of the VA’s evaluation of your claim they will send you for an examination with one of their doctors.
- The VA doctors regularly misdiagnose conditions and minimize the level of severity.
- The VA also notoriously underrates mental disorders frequently rating them no higher than 30%.
The best guarantee to protect yourself from the above mistake is to have a VA disability attorney who is familiar with all types of mental impairments to accompany you and represent you each step of the way. Bosley & Bratch has championed this specific area in veterans’ rights and disability benefits. Work with our firm to make sure you receive an appropriate disability rating.
Personality Disorders — The Military & VA’s Dirty Little Secret
Under current VA regulations, a veteran is not entitled to receive service-connected disability benefits for a personality disorder because the condition exists prior to military service — typically showing up during childhood. However, it’s not surprising that the military has a long history of misdiagnosing these conditions and/or using a “personality disorder” diagnosis as a basis for separating a service member without having to provide any benefits.
The military also used (or abused) the “personality disorder” diagnosis to allow service members to leave the service, all the while unknowingly losing potential benefits. In many of these cases the service members were actually suffering from other mental disorders including PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression, schizophrenia, etc., that entitle them to service-connected disability benefits. If you have been denied because you were diagnosed with personality disorder you should contact us to discuss your case.
Free Veterans Disability Case Evaluation
For an evaluation of your case at no cost to you, call the nationwide veterans disability attorneys of Bosley & Bratch at (800) 953-6224 or fill out our free evaluation form. Wherever you are and whatever your needs may be, our firm is here to help.