How Does the VA Determine a 100% Rating for PTSD?

I was sitting here one day just thinking to myself how difficult it is to get service-connected at 100% for PTSD. When filing a claim through the VA, your main goal is to try to get the highest rating possible. You must meet the requirements in order to be eligible for a 100% rating through the Veterans Administration.

AlexAccording to the 38 C.F.R. § 4.130, DC 9411, here are the requirements for getting service-connected at 100% for PTSD: the Veteran has total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as gross impairment in thought process or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.

Now, let me put this into terms that are easier to understand.  For service connection at 100%, a Veteran’s behavior must be considerably influenced by delusions or hallucinations. He or she has had some danger of hurting self or others, inability to maintain minimal personal hygiene, or serious suicidal act(s) with clear expectation of death, as well as several other factors come into play. Every case is different and every person is different, so it all depends on the Veteran.


Also, the VA looks at the GAF or Global Assessment of Function score. This score also impacts what percentage the Veteran is going to receive. Typically, the Veteran must have below a score of 30 to qualify for a 100% PTSD service connected disability.

If you are a Veteran who is suffering from PTSD and would like to seek help with your VA Disability Claims, we are here to help you. We have a highly trained professional team to help you with filing your disability claims. If you are looking for legal representation, please contact our office at 1-877-526-3457 and someone will be more than happy to assist you with all of your needs. Tell us about your case.

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