PTSD is a recognized anxiety disorder that can develop
from seeing or experiencing an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to which a person responds
with intense fear, helplessness or horror, and is not uncommon among war Veterans.
Under the new rule, VA will not require corroboration of a PTSD stressor related to fear of hostile military or terrorist
activity if a VA psychiatrist or psychologist confirms that the stressful experience recalled by a Veteran adequately supports
a diagnosis of PTSD and the Veteran's symptoms are related to the claimed stressor.
Previously, VA required non-combat Veterans to corroborate the fact that they experienced a PTSD stressor related to
hostile military activity.