Psychiatric and Mental Disorders (38 CFR 3.310 & 4.125 & 4.130)
It is not uncommon for veterans to be treated for mental health disorders. Some of the more common disorders veterans struggle with include schizophrenia, anxiety, panic, mood, bipolar, depressive and adjustment disorders. If you are a veteran and have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, you may be entitled benefits.
Veterans are regularly diagnosed with mental health disorders shortly after departing active duty. Often times this is because the previous stigmas or impediments precluding a diagnosis while on active duty no longer exist, so veterans feel more comfortable seeking assistance. Other veterans develop a mental health disorder shortly after getting out of the military because of their active duty experiences.
Unfortunately, the lack of a diagnosis while on active duty is often the reason the VA denies veterans service-connection for mental health disorders. Generally, the VA can only grant service-connection for a disability if the condition started while on active duty. The onset of symptoms is generally accepted as the starting point of a medical condition, and mental health diagnoses are typically made based on an individual’s symptoms. However, often times the VA ignores symptoms and will only look for formal diagnoses made while the veteran was on active duty. Because of this, the VA will wrongly deny service-connection to veterans for mental health disorders since their condition was not formally diagnosed while on active duty. This is unfortunate and done in error; the law requires the VA to consider symptoms and other circumstantial factors when rendering a decision for service-connection.
Were you denied benefits for a mental health disorder caused by your military service? Don’t be discouraged. Veterans are routinely denied benefits for mental health disorders. Often times this is because critical evidence needs to be further developed to successfully claim service-connection for a mental health disorder, and VA Disability Group will help you do just that. We will help you develop the evidence necessary to substantiate your mental health disorder claim. Mental health disorders can be a difficult area of VA Law. Don’t appeal the decision alone.
Contact VA Disability Group online or call 1-844-VETLAWS (1-844-838-5297) to determine whether you are entitled more.