- May 8, 2009
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- Louisville, KY Hometown: Chicago
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- Very Liberal
New veterans policy relaxes PTSD standards
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress will more easily obtain benefits under a new policy being rolled out by the Obama administration.
The new policy to be implemented next week relaxes the standards for documentation that veterans must show to prove they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The changes are intended to make it easier for veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, senior officials from the agency said.
Veterans Affairs offices across the country are dealing with thousands of new veterans from nearly a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Constant fear of unexpected attack and concern for survival are among the “stressors” for veterans suffering from PTSD, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and recent research studies published by the National Academies on deployment related stress. The new policy is meant to address the complex nature of war experiences and impacts.
Despite other wrongminded threads on this board ( http://www.debatepolitics.com/us-pa...e-and-dedain-our-military.html#post1058849610), liberals are just as concerned about US soldiers as most Americans. They are just not in mindless support of all policies dictated by the military.
If it was up to some conservatives, vets would have to be bleeding to get treatment. This is an excellent step in the right direction to help vets who need it.
Anybody disagree with this policy?