facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

VA to ease rules on PTSD

Aug. 25, 2009 at 9:05 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Regulations proposed by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department would lower the burden of proof for non-combat vets claiming post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veterans who say they have PTSD would have to show they were in places where events like a roadside bombing might have happened, The New York Times reported. They must also have symptoms consistent with the level of trauma they claim.

Advocates for veterans say that in Iraq and Afghanistan, many soldiers in non-combatant jobs, including truck drivers and supply clerks, have been exposed to high levels of violence.

Veterans Affairs Chairman Eric Shinseki said the Obama administration is dealing with the "hidden wounds of war."

But critics like Larry Scott, who operates the Web site vawatchdog.com, are dubious.

"Whenever the VA touts a proposed compensation rule change that it says will 'make it easier for a veteran to claim service connection,' red flags go up all over the place," Scott said.

The regulations require a 60-day comment period.

Topics: Larry Scott
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
2
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
3
Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon
4
Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas
5
Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act
Trending News
x
Feedback