Top 5 VA Mental Health Claim Mistakes

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Tune in to learn the most common mistakes Veterans make when filing mental health VA claims. To ensure you get the correct mental health disability rating for mental health conditions, it is important to understand VA’s rating criteria, how the VA claims and appeals process works, and the evidence you should submit to support your VA claims. Mental health conditions eligible for Veterans’ benefits include: Anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder), Trauma and stress-related disorders (e.g., PTSD), Psychotic disorders (e.g., schizophrenia), Cognitive disorders, Eating disorders (e.g., anorexia or bulimia), Mood disorders (e.g., major depressive disorder), and Residual effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Learn VA Mental Health Disability Ratings:

Common Mistakes on VA Claims:

Learn more about CCK:

0:00 Introduction
1:09 Mental Health Conditions Eligible for VA Benefits
1:36 VA General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders
2:39 Mistake #1: Not Submitting the Necessary VA Forms
4:45 Mistake #2: Multiple Mental Health VA Ratings and Avoiding Pyramiding
6:15 Mistake #3: Replying Only on Your C&P Exam
8:28 Mistake #4: Not Submitting Lay Statements (aka Buddy Statements)
10:19 Mistake #5: Thinking You Must Meet All VA Rating Criteria
11:16 VA Disability Claims and Appeals Process
12:22 Closing Thoughts

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  1. Thank you very much. Always great information. I am 67 and just started making a claim for MH. I have tinnitus at 10% already. Slowly but surely. Thank you again.

  2. I want somebody to help me. I was VA affairs Law My citizenship certificate have been basic economic right violation case. they attacked situation. Reports thank you very much.God bless you 🙏

  3. You can literally claim the VA claim and apeal process is cause if depression and PTSD and get it service connected.

  4. @2:03 you mention VA's proposal to change how Mental Health is assessed. You say that you have other videos in your library that addresses the proposed VA changes. I would recommend linking those videos here, in your description.

    Thank you very much for your videos!!

  5. Hi, first off I want to say thank you for assisting Vetrans. I filed a PTSD claim and filled out the forms with rough dates of my deployment to Saudi Arabia and when I feel my situation occurred. I also submitted documentation from a psychologist who supports my claim, I have all the classic symptoms from her evaluation. its been 6 months and I just received a notice the VA wants rough times the situation occurred, my unit where we were deployed. these pieces of information were already included with the initial forms. What is my best steps to take now?

  6. I have a question. I was just medically retired and awarded 100% p&t. My doctors know my meds and physical therapy haven’t been beneficial and I have nothing scheduled. I have never been a fan of being on meds, and my doctors have no solutions. Do I need to keep scheduling things if there is no treatment plan? Are my benefits safe if I just work on my own recovery? I wouldn’t be missing any appointments, I just don’t want to keep making more without having a treatment plan.

  7. TBI, is there a test for that? I was hit by an ied and I could never able to study successfully or remember things short term and long term things from time to time

  8. I am fairly satisfied with my mental health support from the VA. But on a side note – wish my Sleep Apnea claim in 2014 wasn't denied after my VA psychologist literally told me to my face I have PTSD caused Sleep Apnea. But after my sleep study, the VA denied the claim, and I did not know at the time I could appeal the claim. So here I am 8 years latter… still using my VA issues CPAP and taking meds to help me sleep and deal with PTSD – yet no claim support.

  9. This topic of mental health is a very slippery slope, especially in this day and age. Denials causes a disposition of "Acting Out" because of the need or greed of financial gain. PTSD, combat PTSD and non-combat PTSD are indicators of mental health issues; factor in personal, family, friends, covid, sex are all inclusive of the topic. Help must come from professionals that are sensitive to the issues and not with the mindset of just "Going To Work Today"

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