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Veterans PTSD Diagnosis Scandal: Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Begins Review


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4/4/2012
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Following several complaints that the Army has been denying treatment for soldiers and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has stepped in to investigate.

Army officials have stated that they have launched their own investigation after claims that they are denying treatment for PTSD at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, due to cost-cutting measures. Senator Patty Murray, the chairwoman of the committee, has brought her committee into the matter to make sure that the issue is addressed by a source outside the Army.

There have been reports that hundreds of soldiers and veterans seeking treatment for PTSD at VA medical facilities were denied disability ratings or had their previous diagnosis reversed. Many claim this was done to avoid the costs of treating the often disabling symptoms, which can involve cognitive therapy sessions, service animals, and medication.

It is critical that veterans receive the proper mental health care to live normal lives
following their service. Veterans who do not seek treatment for their mental health conditions can often become mentally disabled to the point where it impairs their ability to work and function socially. Veterans’ disability benefits can help disabled veterans gain access to more resources for treatment and care for their disabilities, but only if they apply.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.


Category: Veterans' Disability


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