VA disability compensation for PTSD
If you have posttraumatic stress from a traumatic event you experienced during your service, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Compensation provides tax-free monthly payments. Keep reading to find out if you may be eligible. Learn more about PTSD
How do I talk to someone right now?
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.
To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime day or night:
- Dial 988 then select 1.
- Start a confidential chat.
- Text 838255.
- If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 800-799-4889.
You can also:
Am I eligible for VA disability compensation?
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have symptoms related to a traumatic event (the “stressor”) or your experience with the stressor is related to the PTSD symptoms, and you meet both of these requirements.
Both of these must be true:
- The stressor happened during your service, and
- A doctor has diagnosed you with PTSD
Note: If you get a disability rating, you may also be eligible for VA health care and other benefits.
What does VA consider to be a traumatic event?
We consider any of these to be a traumatic event:
- You suffered a serious injury, personal or sexual trauma, or sexual violation, or
- Someone or something threatened you with injury, sexual assault, or death
How do I file a claim for compensation?
You can file a claim online now. You can also file by mail, in person, or with the help of a trained professional.
Note: In our screening process, we’ll focus on understanding your PTSD to help determine your eligibility for disability benefits. We won’t offer you treatment during this process.
Additional forms you’ll need to submit
When you file a disability compensation claim, you’ll also need to fill out one of these additional forms: