Project New Hope Opens In Worcester For Veterans With PTSD

Project New Hope opens in Worcester for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder needing assistance adjusting to civilian life.  Project New Hope offers weekend long retreats in wilderness settings for veterans and their families.  Some of the past retreats focused on PTSD and traumatic brain injury and offered yoga, meditation, live music, workshops and interaction.  Project New Hope will also offer support groups.  Please see the full article HERE for more information.

The Effect Of PTSD On Military Families

I read a very interesting article regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the military. Of the two million Americans that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers estimate that as many as 300,000 service members may meet the criteria for PTSD and between 200,000 and 300,000 have suffered a TBI from mild to severe.  Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.  Another non-profit estimates a third of veterans likely have TBI, PTSD or depression, which puts the overall number at 600,000.  The article focused not only on the veteran, but how the family and extended family is affected.  Most of us don’t think about how these conflicts affect spouses, children, siblings and even parents, or how far reaching the impact is.  See here for the full CNN article.

Applying For Disability With PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder which occurs after experiencing a physically or psychologically traumatic event.  Examples may include, but are not limited to, an accident, physical or sexual abuse, or natural disaster.  Veterans may experience events that are both physically and psychologically traumatic in the course of combat during their military career.  PTSD can cause sleeplesness, anger, anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance and fear.  Treatment for PTSD can include medication, counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy and pyschotherapy.

As with any Social Security Disability claim, you must ensure that all of your limitations are documented.   This may be accomplished in your medical records, supplemented with opinion or medical source statements by your treating physicians, or by any other means which can prove your inability work.  Some of the limitations associated with PTSD that could impact your ability to work include fatigue, memory loss or concentration issues.  Some claimants may not be able to perform certain types of work if they have issues with concentration, working closely with coworkers or the general public, or would need to take time off due to medical appointments, sickness or counseling sessions.

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding filing for disability benefits with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.