VA Benefits And Erectile Dysfunction
August 08, 2021
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is firm enough for intercourse. It is a common problem that has far-reaching effects on physical health, emotional wellness and relationships. Veterans can potentially receive disability compensation and benefits from the VA if they developed erectile dysfunction during or because of their time in the military.
The VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities includes “loss of erectile power” as a genitourinary system disability with a 20 percent rating. This could entitle an affected veteran to benefits when a service connection can be established.
Because arousal involves physical, psychological and sexual components, erectile dysfunction can be complicated. A few of the conditions related to ED include:
- Heart disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Substance abuse disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
Medications or treatments for other ailments, like cancer, can also cause a loss of sexual function. The VA often considers it a secondary condition, as it is easily a function of several health problems commonly experienced by veterans.
This is especially true of posttraumatic stress disorder. One study conducted by the University of California, San Diego Medical Center Division of Urology found that 85 percent of male veterans with diagnosed PTSD had erectile dysfunction while only 22 percent of male veterans with no diagnosed mental disorder did.
Qualifying for VA disability benefits for erectile dysfunction is sometimes difficult. The VA denies many initial ED claims. However, with the help of a veteran’s disability lawyer, an appeal with specific evidence to support the claim can be successful.
- Current medical records showing exams, diagnosis and treatment for erectile dysfunction.
- Statement from a physician stating that erectile dysfunction is a consequence of a primary condition or treatment for a primary disabling condition.
- Service records containing evidence of an event or conditions that caused or exacerbated the primary condition and/or the erectile dysfunction.
If your VA disability claim for erectile dysfunction was denied, Legal Help for Veterans can help. We can review your existing file and determine what needs to be done to make a stronger case. For example, if you lack evidence to support a link to a service-connected primary condition, we can refer you to medical experts with experience in handling VA cases.
For more information, call Legal Help for Veterans at 1.800.693.4800.