VA Easing How Vets Get Stress Disability

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From: Military.Com

Female soldiers and others who served behind front lines have long complained about how hard it is to prove their combat experience when applying for disability due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

That could soon change.

The Veterans Affairs Department has proposed reducing the paperwork required for veterans to show their experience caused combat-related stress. Even just the fear of hostile action would be sufficient, as long as a VA psychologist or psychiatrist agreed.

     

The VA says the change would streamline claims and recognize the "inherently stressful nature" of war service. The agency is accepting comment until Oct. 23.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called it a significant shift in policy.

"Before, and for a long time, I’ve been fighting many times over for the VA not to discourage people from saying they have PTSD," said Murray, who serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. "We’ve have many cases where veterans were told it’s all in your head."

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone who is traumatized by an experience. From the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, more than 134,000 veterans have sought help at a VA facility for possible PTSD, the VA says. The symptoms include flashbacks and anxiety, and for some, it’s so debilitating that it makes it difficult to work after they leave the military.

Read more at Military.Com

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