Veteran's PTSD Handbook How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

ISBN-10: 1597970646
ISBN-13: 9781597970648
Edition: 2006
Authors: John D. Roche
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Description: From the author of "The Veteran??'s Survival Guide, The Veteran??'s PTSD Handbook" addresses the obstacles that veterans face when filing for benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest obstacles, John Roche  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

From the author of "The Veteran??'s Survival Guide, The Veteran??'s PTSD Handbook" addresses the obstacles that veterans face when filing for benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest obstacles, John Roche writes, is establishing a connection between a veteran??'s service and PTSD. Because both combat stressors and noncombat stressors can cause PTSD and because of the difficulties in diagnosing the condition, filing a successful claim for benefits based on PTSD is difficult.In the same accessible, self-help style used in "The Veteran??'s Survival Guide," Roche offers detailed instructions on how to prepare a well-grounded claim for veterans??? benefits relating to PTSD. He also discusses the four years he spent helping one veteran establish a ???service connection??? for his PTSD claim with Veterans Affairs. This book will be required reading for any veteran or veteran??'s dependent who wishes to obtain his or her well-earned benefits and for those officials of veterans??? service organizations who assist veterans with their claims.

Maj. John D. Roche, USAF (Ret.), served as a bomber pilot, had combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and held a variety of administrative assignments. Subsequently, he worked for sixteen years as a claims adjudicator specialist for the Veterans Administration and as a veterans' service officer for Pinellas County, Florida, where he was a tireless advocate for veterans and their families. Roche enjoyed one of the highest rates of wins on appeal in the state. This book is based on his experience as a successful practitioner, many years of independent research, and personal consultations with some 80,000 veterans, widows, and dependents. Roche is also the author of The Veteran's Survival Guide, Second Edition (Potomac Books, 2006) and The Veteran's PTSD Handbook (Potomac Books, 2007). He lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
What Is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?
VA Marketing of PTSD Information
Understanding PTSD
How Does PTSD Develop?
How Is PTSD Assessed?
How Common Is PTSD?
Who Is Most Likely to Develop PTSD?
What Are the Consequences Associated with PTSD?
How is PTSD Treated?
Let's See What's on the Other Side of the Coin
Complexities in Diagnosing PTSD
Sex-Related Trauma
Coexisting Psychiatric Disorders
Some Fundamental Facts about PTSD
Secondary Service-connected Disorders
What Have We Learned?
Two Little Words
Congressman Lane Evens Musters Support for Vets
The VA Flow Chart
Title 38 U.S. Code
Federal Register Final Notice 06-18-99
VA Manual M21-1
Changing the Meaning to 32 CFR [section]578.11&12
What Have We Learned?
Sgt. David Raz's Five-Year Struggle
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
What Have We Learned?
Rules They Must Follow-Know Them!
Disability Claims Processing
How a PTSD Claim Is Decided
Title 38 U.S. Code: Veterans Benefits
What to Do If the VA Sends You a Rejection Letter
38 Code of Federal Regulations
VA Manual M21-1
What Have We Learned?
Down to Basics
History of the Veteran's Administration
Nine Types of Claim Actions
A Documented Claim Is a Must
No Record Equals No Claim
How the VA Rates an Injury or Disease
Testimonial Evidence Is a Must
The First Weak Link: Adjudication
Willful Misconduct: Benefits Denied
Presumption of Soundness: A Key Issue
Chronic Diseases
Tropical Diseases
Combat-Related Injuries and Diseases
What Have We Learned?
Elements of a PTSD Claim
Components of Your PTSD Claim
Developing a Winning Claim
What Have We Learned?
Compensation and Pension Examinations
VA Health Administration
Contradicting VA Hoopla
Using Part-time and Fee-Based Physicians
Veterans Healthcare Reform Act of 1996
Compensation and Pension Examination
The Protocol for C&P Examinations
AMIE C&P Examination Program
AMIE's PTSD Protocol Examination
Completeness of Reports
Scope of the Examination
Severity of Disability
Review of the Claim Folder
Taking the Examination
Don't Make Assumptions-The VA Is Not Always Right
What Have We Learned?
Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability
TDIU Issues and the Court
The Most Common Reasons TDIU Claims Are Denied
Basic Eligibility for TDIU Benefits
Proving a Claim for TDIU Benefits
Applying for TDIU Benefits
What Have We Learned?
PTSD Court Cases
Prove Your Case and File Your Claim or You Will Be Forced to Defend It on Appeal
The Court at Work Protecting PTSD Claims
The Appeal Process
"They Did It Before and They Will Do It Again"
Allen v. Principi: Alcohol Abuse Secondary to PTSD
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Flayter v. Principi: Substance Abuse
Yancey v. Principi: Noncombat PTSD in a Combat Zone
Doran v. Brown: Noncombat Disability-A Lightning Bolt from Zeus
Patton v. West: Sexual Assault
Zarycki v. Brown: In Combat-Wrong MOS
What Have We Learned?
Glossary
Index
About the Author

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