The Rating Board
This is a good point to begin to explain to you what the Rating Board is looking for when they award a Veteran a 100% Rating for PTSD. You will begin to see how the previously mentioned letters from friends or family can be very helpful to substantiate your PTSD Claim.
At the beginning of this booklet we told you about the 38 CFR (Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations). The 38 CFR is the book which lays out criteria needed for the Rating Board to reach its’ decision about what percentage of disability a Veteran is warranted.
The General Rating Formula for Psychoneurotic disorders are found in the 38 CFR under section 4, part .132 . Each illness is listed by a Diagnostic Code Number. The Diagnostic Codes are numbered 9400 through 9411. There are ten Psychoneurotic Disorders. The following list of Diagnostic Codes arre taken directly from the 38 CFR, section 4, part .132 .
9400 Generalized anxiety disorder
The Four Notes
NOTES 1) and 2) generally apply toward PTSD ratings. NOTE 3) applies more towards a conversation disorder rather than PTSD. NOTE 4) applies to a diagnosis of two disorders, one being organic (Physical brain damage) and one being psychiatric (PTSD).
NOTE 1) basically say’s just because a person can not relate sociably or participate in having an active role in Social Activities, this can not be the entire basis for a compensation rating. However, it does have a value as the Rating Board considers the OVERALL FINDINGS (other criteria, such as PTSD symptoms) concerning the disability of the Veteran.
NOTE 2) says a Veterans’ claimed disorder is not a disorder if a Psychiatrist interviews the Veteran and decides the problem(s) are simply minor complaints. However, if the minor complaints actually interfere with the Veterans job, the Veteran can be awarded a 10% disability rating.
General Rating Formula for PTSD
For a 100% Rating; The attitudes of all contacts except the most intimate are so adversely affected as to result in virtual isolation in the community. Totally incapacitating psychoneurotic symptoms bordering on gross repudiation of reality with disturbed thought or behavioral processes associated with almost all daily activities such as fantasy, confusion, panic and explosions of aggressive energy resulting in profound retreat from mature behavior. Demonstrably unable to obtain or retain employment.
For a 70% Rating;
For a 50% Rating:
For a 30% Rating:
For a 10% Rating;
For a 0% Rating (but service connected);
The above Rating Formulas are the exact words from the 38 CFR used by the Rating Board to determine what percentage of disability a Veteran is warranted. If the Veterans evidence happens to fall between two of the formula percentages, then the Rating Board may award a higher Rating. For example, if the evidence presents itself as being greater than 30% but less than 50% the Rating Board may award a 40% Rating.