New Rules Ease Process for Veterans Claiming PTSD

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to issue new rules, as early as Monday, which should simplify the way veterans receive compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is one of the most common psychological injuries afflicting veterans today and creating new regulations for treatment is an attempt to break some of the barriers to treatment.

With the new rules in effect, veterans will no longer be required to document specific events that spurred the disorder. Jim Dao, The New York Times' National correspondent covering Veterans' and Military Affairs wrote an article in today's paper about the proposed new regulations.

And Chuck Luther is a former Army sergeant and founder of Disposable Warriors, a support group for soldiers suffering from PTSD and other injuries. Luther is pleased that the process to receive compensation for PTSD has been streamlined. However, he is concerned about what is being done to "right the wrongs of all the other veterans" of the past, including Vietnam veterans, who were not able to easily receive compensation for the disorder, if they did at all.

Guests:

Jim Dao and Chuck Luther

Produced by:

Amanda Moore

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