Unemployment for Veterans with PTSD

For millions of returning American veterans, living with PTSD is a reality that afflicts their daily lives. And contrary to what some misinformation has presented, these effects from trauma last for several years and, at times, can be a lifelong ordeal. And the issue is much larger than anyone previously conceived. Recent studies have shown that anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of returning combat veterans are afflicted with PTSD in some way. With attentiveness and professional help, veterans can recover and lead a rich, rewarding life. The VA can gladly be of service if you qualify.

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Ways in Which PTSD Affects Veterans

The causes and symptoms of PTSD can manifest in a variety of different ways. What they have in common is that they can all hinder a veteran’s ability to track down and maintain employment. The most common symptoms include:

  • Constantly reliving the event
  • Avoiding items and places that remind someone of the event
  • Having more negative thoughts before the event took place
  • Feeling anxious or depressed on a continual basis

It’s important to remember that some symptoms aren’t notable right away and can take several years to develop. If you or someone you know is showing symptoms or is feeling like they might engage in self-harm, seek treatment immediately.

How Does the VA Rate PTSD?

The VA rates PTSD in a two-tiered system, defined as 50% and 70%. To see if you or someone you know qualifies for either, read on.


At a rating of 50%, veterans are considered to have reduced abilities and productivity. This is usually due to various symptoms, some of which we’ve listed below.

  • Repetition when speaking to others
  • Panic or anxiety attacks that occur more than once a week
  • Impairment of short and long-term memory
  • Frequent disturbances in mood
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty in establishing relationships at work and elsewhere


A Rating of 70% usually coincides with veterans who possess difficulty in various areas such as work, school, family, and relationships, and also have difficulty making effective judgments. These symptoms are considered severe and should be taken very seriously. They include:

  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Impaired impulse control
  • Continuous anxiety that stays for lengthy periods of time
  • Neglect of personal appearance and hygiene
  • Inability to retain focus during a conversation

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek treatment from your local VA facility as soon as possible. And know that there is help available and you’re not alone. Some programs can compensate you for your unemployment.

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