The Veteran's PTSD Handbook: How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Veteran's PTSD Handbook: How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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by John D Roche
     
 

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From the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook addresses the obstacles that veterans face when filing for benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest obstacles, John Roche writes, is establishing a connection between a veteran’s service and PTSD. Because both combat stressors

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From the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook addresses the obstacles that veterans face when filing for benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest obstacles, John Roche writes, is establishing a connection between a veteran’s service and PTSD. Because both combat stressors and noncombat stressors can cause PTSD and because of the difficulties in diagnosing the condition, filing a successful claim for benefits based on PTSD is difficult. In the same accessible, self-help style used in The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Roche offers detailed instructions on how to prepare a well-grounded claim for veterans’ benefits relating to PTSD. He also discusses the four years he spent helping one veteran establish a “service connection” for his PTSD claim with Veterans Affairs. This book will be required reading for any veteran or veteran’s dependent who wishes to obtain his or her well-earned benefits and for those officials of veterans’ service organizations who assist veterans with their claims.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Brutally honest about VA reluctance to approve claims.”

“This is truly the best and most helpful book on the subject that I have come across in my three decades of helping veterans. Author John D. Roche has taken all his personal experience of having worked for the VA and for veterans in Florida and put it into . . . easy-to-follow language. BEST DAMN BOOK ON VA CLAIMS EVER WRITTEN!”

“I’ve been filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for thirteen years, and I wish this book had been available when I first started. John Roche goes beyond just regurgitating federal regulations and gives the reader a step-by-step guide to establishing a well-grounded claim.”

“….any collection strong in military resources – and many general-interest lending library – needs The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook….Essential reading."

Midwest Book Review
“Any collection strong in military resources – and many general-interest lending library – needs The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook. . . . Essential reading."—Midwest Book Review
Reference & Research Book News
“Brutally honest about VA reluctance to approve claims.”—Reference & Research Book News
Military Writer’s Society of America
“This is truly the best and most helpful book on the subject that I have come across in my three decades of helping veterans. Author John D. Roche has taken all his personal experience of having worked for the VA and for veterans in Florida and put it into . . . easy-to-follow language. BEST DAMN BOOK ON VA CLAIMS EVER WRITTEN!”—Military Writer’s Society of America
Vicki Foley
“I’ve been filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for thirteen years, and I wish this book had been available when I first started. John Roche goes beyond just regurgitating federal regulations and gives the reader a step-by-step guide to establishing a well-grounded claim.”—Vicki Foley, veterans disability claims consultant

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970648
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
421,279
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Maj. John D. Roche, USAF (Ret.), served as a bomber pilot, had combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and held a variety of administrative assignments. Subsequently, he worked for sixteen years as a claims adjudicator specialist for the Veterans Administration and as a veterans’ service officer for Pinellas County, Florida, where he was a tireless advocate for veterans and their families. Roche enjoyed one of the highest rates of wins on appeal in the state. This book is based on his experience as a successful practitioner, many years of independent research, and personal consultations with some 80,000 veterans, widows, and dependents. Roche is also the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Second Edition (Potomac Books, 2006) and The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook (Potomac Books, 2007). He lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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The Veteran's PTSD Handbook: How to File and Collect on Claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this book I was under the impression that it was a real book (hard or soft dover). But later I discovered that it was an eBook. From that point of view I was disappointed. However, the ebook version has the information I wanted. So I either misunderstood at the time of purchase or was guided in a direction of purchase that was not of my first choice.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
This book is a great resource for any veteran who wishes to understand the PTSD claims process and some of the barriers associated with it. However, reading it was like watching 18 straight holes of amateur golf on TV while eating paint chips and salsa. It's nothing more than an over-glorified VA manual with U.S. Code and examples of letters, sworn statements, medical reports, and other relevant documents mixed in. The third chapter about Sgt. Raz's five-year struggle was over 60 pages of mind-numbing fun. Great resource, but try reading it around bedtime.
PassageOfTime More than 1 year ago
Ignore the previous opinion as the person obviously failed to read the text they here review. This book is critical information for anyone trying to tackle the VA for help. Being in the military and in combat I have firsthand knowledge of medical resistance to any paperwork and the outright restrictions placed on seeking mental health services in theatre. The VA is the next challenge facing us and insider knowledge from this source and others is greatly appreciated. This is not a book to get over on the system. This is a book to help people get help they rightly deserve!
FredRendon More than 1 year ago
How can these guys after denying Veterans claims for 16 years now come and state what a great thing they did? As a Major in the Service He double dipped all the way through. 16 years working for the VA. I do not understand how veterans can not see through this facad. I wonder what % the Major was or is? Writing books about how to win at ptsd is a crime. There are hundreds of Former VA employees who do the same as this guy. But he looses all sense of shame and writes about how he helped 80,000, how many did he deny in his 16 years with the VA?????