The 30 PTSD rating is a tipping point for many veterans in our opinion.
Because many veterans at the 30 PTSD rating level are underrated because they failed to prove that their symptoms equate to the higher rating criteria under the law, aka the 50 PTSD rating.
So let’s take a minute to explore the law regarding the level of occupational and social impairment required to meet the 30 PTSD rating.
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PTSD is one of the easy VA disability claims to win
According to the easiest VA claims to win data, PTSD is in the top 3 across all groups of veterans.
Here’s some interesting VA data regarding the PTSD ratings for veterans receiving VA disability compensation:
7.1% of all VA disability compensation claim recipients for PTSD have a 10 PTSD rating.
23.7% of all VA compensation claim recipients for PTSD have a 30 PTSD rating.
25.9% of all VA disability recipients for PTSD have a 50 PTSD rating.
28.0% of all VA claim recipients for PTSD have a 70 PTSD rating.
13.1% of all VA disability claim recipients have a 100 PTSD rating.
eCFR Title 38, Part 4, the Schedule for Rating Disabilities lists the general rating formula for all mental disorders, including PTSD.
PTSD is rated on a scale from 0 percent to 100 percent, with breaks at 10 percent PTSD rating, 30 percent PTSD rating, 50 percent PTSD rating, and 70 percent PTSD rating.
The 30 PTSD rating has mild occupational and social impairment criteria and includes symptoms as follows.
30 Percent PTSD Rating Criteria
“Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).”
Whereas the 10 PTSD rating is strikingly less severe, and includes the following symptoms:
10 Percent PTSD Rating Criteria
“Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication.”
A big misconception among veterans is that you need to meet ALL the subjective symptoms tied with a certain rating criterion for PTSD in order to get that rating.
This is far from the truth veterans!
The Rating Veteran Service Representative (RVSR) will consider all the evidence of record, and normally will assign the VA rating for PTSD that includes the “preponderance of the symptoms.”
For example, if a veteran has 3 of the symptoms from the 10 rating for PTSD criteria and 5 of the symptoms from the 30 PTSD VA rating criteria, the rating agency shall assign the higher rating, unless evidence of record contradicts this subjective assessment.
The opposite is also true.
For example, if a veteran has 5 of the symptoms from the 10 rating for PTSD criteria and 3 of the symptoms from the 30 PTSD VA rating criteria, the rating agency shall assign the lower rating, unless evidence of record contradicts this subjective assessment.
Two Rules for Rating PTSD VA Claims
According to §4.126, evaluation of disability from mental disorders, the RVSR (VA Rating Official) is required to consider these two rules:
(1) When evaluating PTSD, the rating agency shall consider the frequency, severity, and duration of psychiatric symptoms, the length of remissions, and the veteran’s capacity for adjustment during periods of remission.
The rating agency shall assign an evaluation based on all the evidence of record that bears on occupational and social impairment rather than solely on the examiner’s assessment of the level of disability now of the examination.
(2) When evaluating the level of disability for PTSD, the rating agency will consider the extent of social impairment but shall not assign an evaluation solely on the basis of social impairment.
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About the Author
Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).
Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start.
As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.
He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).