Many pilots are military veterans receiving medical disability compensation from the VA, as well they should for their service. The compensation and the medical conditions for which the compensation is awarded are reportable on the FAA MedXpress application, item 18, and failure to report can result in a denial or revocation of medical certificates if the FAA becomes aware of that discrepancy through an ongoing investigation now underway. Intentional falsification of a medical application is not a good way to win friends and influence people within the FAA. If you have questions about that or any medical certification issue, get in touch with the medical certification staff in the PIC. 800 872 2672.
@Wildermind At AOPA
Lest pilots think that the FAA won't catch this, the FAA periodically cross-checks disability claims from the Social Security Administration and Veterans Administration with pilot medical records and prosecutes pilots who don't report the disabilities on the form 8500-8. Several convictions occurred in 2003 and 2012. Penalties range from certificate revocation to fines and prison sentences. PTSD is especially troublesome since so many pilots claimed it from military duty. It can disqualify you from flying and requires a special issuance medical certificate.
I served multiple tours in Iraq and was medically discharged due to injuries I suffered to my leg. I started flying a week before 9/11 happened and in October of 2020 I re-applied for my medical after several years of not flying. I disclosed the reasons for my disability compensation, including PTSD, and I am STILL pending approval (or disqualification). I jumped through all hoops the FAA laid out, only now to have a technician tell me to call every two weeks.
Three days after calling Congressman I had my medical back.
@Wildermind At AOPA The FAA denied my Class III renewal because I could not produce the paperwork that the VA processed for my PTSD diagnosis. Nearly a year later, I'm still waiting for the VA to send me a copy of my C-File to find the original interview that led to the diagnosis since this information cannot be found in any of the available records online - go figure. After several letters back and forth, the FAA said I was out of time, and they had “no choice” but to deny the application. This, of course, means that I can't use Basic Med. The diagnosis was in 2006; I got my first Class III in 2015, so they've revoked my medical based on the absence of 16-year-old information.