New Study Clarifies Relationship Between PTSD and TBI

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two of the most common medical disabilities that veterans suffer. At least one-fifth of our military members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have either PTSD, TBI, or both.

Now, research is showing that Marines who had suffered a TBI while deployed to war are twice as likely to be diagnosed with PTSD, as well. It is not entirely clear why this is. One theory is that blasts are inherently traumatic, so it is more likely that those exposed to them will suffer from PTSD. Another theory suggests that TBI causes structural changes to the brain that makes PTSD a more likely result.

Over the past several years, VA has taken steps to help veterans with PTSD and TBI receive the help they need. Veterans who have PTSD or TBI may be eligible for VA compensation benefits at a rate payable that is consistent with the severity of their disabilities.

Benefits for Veterans with PTSD and TBI

If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD or a TBI, you may have questions about VA disability compensation and eligibility for benefits. We encourage you to take a look at our free PTSD resources and read more about veterans disability compensation for head injuries. If you need assistance with a VA claim, call our advocate for veterans at (855) 855-8992 or complete our free online case evaluation form. Helping vets and their families is all that we do.

More Articles

Federal Court Addresses PTSD Stressors

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirms that VA must apply a generous standard when evaluating the lay testimony of veterans suffering from PTSD concerning their combat experiences and PTSD stressors. Sanchez-Navarro v....

Permanent and Total VA Disability Ratings for PTSD

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within three months of the...

Depression And Your VA Claim

Depression can negatively affect every aspect of your life: how you feel, think, sleep, function, and interact with others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Issues, about 14% of veterans suffer from depression. Depression is one of the most common...

Four Tips On How To Get The Highest PTSD Rating

If you have been fortunate enough to have been granted service connection for PTSD, then you have probably been given a disappointingly low rating.  This is a very common situation so you are not alone. The VA regularly underrates PTSD claims.  In the...


  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.