PTSD Victims No Longer Need to Prove Trauma
The Veterans Affairs Department has dumped a policy requiring combat vets to verify
in writing that they have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event before filing a
claim for post-traumatic stress disorder, said the chairman of the Senate Veterans'
Affairs Committee. - - - -
In the past, a veteran has had to provide written verification - a statement from a
commander or doctor, or testimony from co-workers - that he or she was involved in a traumatic
situation in odder to receive disability compensation for PTSD from VA. The Defense Department
used the same rules in evaluating PTSD for disability retirement pay. - - - -
In the future, Veterans will be diagnosed with PTSD through a medical examination with no
future proof necessary, Akaka said, adding that he's been told that Peake has already informed
VA regional offices of the decision.