Air Force Veteran with PTSD from Sexual Trauma Wins VA Disability Claim
Robert A. Friedman, founder and owner of Friedman Disability, describes how he successfully represented an Air Force veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of military sexual trauma in his claim for VA disability benefits. If you or a loved one served in the military and are no longer able to work, please contact us to learn more about veterans disability benefits.
Air Force Veteran with PTSD from Sexual Trauma Wins VA Disability
Hello my name is Robert Friedman. I want to a moment describing a recent successful outcome in a Veteran’s disability case that I have been working on for over 8 years because of delays in the VA adjudication system
My client was a victim of rape when he was in the Air Force in 1962. After he was discharged he had a successful career working at Boeing. Beginning in the early 1990’s he started to develop very serious symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the rape. When he applied for service connection for Veteran’s disability benefits they indicated that he could not prove that the rape occurred and denied his claim.
We were successful in proving that the rape occurred. How? We showed that although he enjoyed flying and being on a flight crew suddenly he asked to stop being on the flight crew. We explained that the reason for that was because he felt too anxious in a confined airline cockpit. Why was that? It was because of his experience being raped in a garage where he was confined.
We also showed that his performance had declined after the incident in the military so that he lost rank by the time he was discharged.
The client was awarded a total disability rating based on individual unemployability. At a hearing we showed how severely restricted his life style was. He was fearful about leaving his house. He rarely left his home as a result. He did his grocery shopping at 3 am when no people were in the store. When he was at home he kept his blinds down because he felt unsafe when people could look into his house. He simply lacked a capacity to perform any type of gainful employment.
Through this decision my client received over $160,000 in past due benefits and future disability benefits of approximately $3,000 per month.