PTSD Army Investigation/Review

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  1. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    I apologize for not knowing how to correctly post a link to the forum.

    Below is an article that ran in today's newspaper regarding PTSD and disability. The Army is currently conducting an investigation and a review of the policies.

    Any thoughts from those who have recently served or served in the past.

    Article in today's Seattle Times

     
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  3. Jcleppe

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    Thanks, I'll read that when I have a spare hour and a 15 year old sitting next to me that can explain it all. I really need to get up to speed with the new century.

    Thanks for the link, and thanks for editing the post so it's readable.
     
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    I can see that. The AF I believe just went through a phase of labeling people with adjustment disorders instead of PTSD. :thumbdown: Very uncool.
     
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    It doesn't matter if you are diagnosed with PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, or any other acquired psychiatric disorder in service.

    They are all rated the same. 38 CFR 4.130, Diagnostic Codes 9201-9440 (see The General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders)

    Personality disorders are not subject to service connection, but anything acquired in the service will be.

    There are specific regulations to establish SC for PTSD (38 CFR 3.304(f)), which have been liberalized in the last year or so. Still, the general laws for service connection on a direct basis (38 CFR 3.303) apply for any acquired psychiatric disability. So, even if you are diagnosed with depression, and you file a claim for PTSD, VA will process your claim based on your symptoms and diagnoses. A US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims case called Clemons v. Shinseki requires such development. Thus, if you file for PTSD but really have depression (or bipolar, or anxiety etc.), and there is evidence that such a disorder is related to service, it will be service-connected.

    That's the state of the law.
     
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    It is easier than you think. Just copy the URL (the full address including http:) from your browser address line and paste it in your post. The software for SAF will automatically figure out that it is a link.

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