|VA TO PROPOSE EASING RULES FOR PTSD DISABILITY CLAIMS
VA would grant compensation to those with PTSD if they can simply show that they served in a war zone and in a job consistent with the events that they say caused their conditions.
by Larry Scott, VA Watchdog dot Org
In the July 8, 2010 edition of The New York Times we find this headline story:
V.A. Is Easing Rules to Cover Stress Disorder
By JAMES DAO
The story begins:
The government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder to receive disability benefits, a change that could affect hundreds of thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.
The regulations from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will take effect as early as Monday and cost as much as $5 billion over several years according to Congressional analysts, will essentially eliminate a requirement that veterans document specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused P.T.S.D., an illness characterized by emotional numbness, irritability and flashbacks.
The complete article may be found at the link below:
Paul Sullivan of Veterans for Common Sense points out:
The proposed VA regulation is based on a scientific research review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Gulf War and Health, Volume 6: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress. The IOM review was made possible because Congress enacted the “Persian Gulf Veterans Act of 1998.” The bi-partisan legislative effort was led by the late Senator Robert Byrd and current Senator Bernie Sanders as well as former Representatives Lane Evans and Chris Shays.
On page 319 of the 2008 IOM report, the scientists concluded:
The epidemiologic literature on deployed vs nondeployed veterans yielded sufficient evidence of an association between deployment to a war zone and psychiatric disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other anxiety disorders, and depression; alcohol abuse; accidental death and suicide in the first few years after return from deployment; and marital and family conflict, including interpersonal violence (emphasis added).
One of the most infuriating things in the NYT article is this:
“I can’t imagine anyone more worthy of public largess than a veteran,” said Dr. Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy group, who has written on P.T.S.D. “But as a clinician, it is destructive to give someone total and permanent disability when they are in fact capable of working, even if it is not at full capacity. A job is the most therapeutic thing there is.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "largess" this way:
1 : liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior
Now we know what Sally Satel thinks of veterans ... although her "work will set you free" attitude is already pretty well-known. More on Sally Satel here ...
You will also find a good article in the Stars & Stripes, here ...
And, be sure to use our search engine for more veterans and PTSD ... here ...