The Yale Department of Psychiatry recently published a study on veterans’ beliefs toward the treatment-compensation connection. The results indicated that veterans who received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was service-related were more likely to attend treatment sessions related to their PTSD before they went to their compensation exams.
The study’s researchers looked at over 300 records for post-September 11 veterans who sought compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for PTSD that they developed during their military service. The majority of veterans thought that they would receive VA compensation for their PTSD if they attended treatment for mental health before their condition was evaluated.
The study was paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service. The authors of the study explained: “Understanding veterans’ beliefs about the relationship between treatment use and disability claims outcomes could provide further insight into individual differences in treatment utilization patterns among veterans with compensation claims. Maintaining veterans in PTSD treatment may be more successful if veterans’ motivations for service-connection are addressed in ongoing PTSD treatment.”