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Experiencing a traumatic event, whether on or off the battlefield, can sometimes lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is often associated with combat, but it can also be the result of traumatic incidents like mass shootings, car accidents, sexual assaults or natural disasters.

Though everyone experiences PTSD differently, common symptoms can include trouble sleeping, flashbacks and irritability. Treatment is available, and a health care provider can help you manage your symptoms. Getting help will keep you mission ready, set you up for career success and ensure you are there for those who need you most. Use the following resource to learn more about PTSD and related concerns.

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You may have traumatic experiences during your military career. These can happen on deployment, in training or even at home. When warriors experience trauma, on or off the battlefield, they often have periods of anger, trouble sleeping, nightmares, intrusive memories, sadness and more. If these concerns continue for more than one month, they may be signs of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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How to Access Benefits for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

If you go through a traumatic event, you are likely to recover. In some cases you may experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatment can help you cope with and overcome your symptoms.

If, however, you are disabled by PTSD because of your service, you are eligible for disability benefits. On top of the care you get through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you can get financial compensation for your PTSD. This can offset financial strain and help you focus on overcoming your symptoms.

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Strategies for Coping with Flashbacks

Flashbacks happen when you feel like you are reliving a traumatic experience or memory. They can occur day or night, and can occur recently or even years after the event. You may remember the entire event or only details such as sounds and smells.

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