Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Basics

If you have symptoms of PTSD and were exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation during your military service, you may be eligible for benefits, including compensation and health care.

Are you eligible for compensation?

Yes, if:

  • You have symptoms related to a traumatic event (the “stressor”), or
  • Exposure to the stressor is related to the PTSD symptoms.
  • The stressor occurred during your service.
  • You are experiencing impairment as a result of your symptoms.
  • You have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Who is covered


Available benefits

  • Compensation
  • Health care
  • Treatment for PTSD

How it works

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event such as combat, an assault, or a disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after experiencing trauma. If the reactions don’t go away over time or they disrupt your life, you may have PTSD. Learn more about PTSD

VA is committed to providing the best care and resources for Veterans diagnosed with PTSD. VA has made significant progress in PTSD treatments and is expanding access by increasing the number of mental health providers at VA medical centers. Learn more about VA’s programs focused on helping Veterans with PTSD.

Note: The screening process for disability compensation benefits is geared toward assessment, not treatment. For help or treatment, contact your provider or one of the emergency contacts listed at the top of this page.