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Local veterans’ groups pleased with new PTSD regulations

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010



Local Veterans groups and Veterans’ Affairs officials are applauding new federal legislation regarding benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Under the new regulations, veterans seeking benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder no longer have to provide evidence and documentation of stressful situations that might have lead to their diagnosis. They still have to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by a VA mental health professional.

Marsha Four is the executive director of the Philadelphia Veterans’ Multi-Service and Education Center. She says this legislation streamlines a process that has been tedious and painful for vets in the past:

Four: “It’s a very disturbing thing for a veteran to know that you are telling the truth, but the frustration of not being able to prove it, and the VA says you have no claim there’s a certain level of feeling that nobody believes you.”

Dr. David Oslin is acting chief of staff at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He says easing the rules will not lead to an onslaught of benefits claims since many vets are reluctant to seek help for Post Traumatic Stress:

Oslin: “You know, they have marginally skated by for many years, not thinking that this is something that they should be compensated for, so I’d say more the difficulty we have is helping them understand that it would be okay to be compensated they served the time, this is something they have lived with for a number of years, and it’s okay to get the benefits for it.”

Last year, close to 400-thousand veterans were treated for Post Traumatic Stress at VA centers.


One Comment

  • Smiley Dave says:

    Please check into Maps.org. For the Life of all Vets This Is a MUST!!
    They have done and participated in the largest PTSD test available!
    If you love them you will go there with a open mind.
    The tests have been headed by the best Psychologist and Md.’s All Over the world.

    The DEA Has even approved of the drug!!! (WOW amazing doing whats right and medical marijuana! In the States allowed)

    But a drug they hate, Now being used as it was intended for.MDMA It has bad nick names and been abused.

    But with proper dosing of the REAL DRUG.I believe they are have a over 83% Success rate. Thats a memory from some one with head trauma thank God for spell check.
    Please in all things good check into this and pass on the information.It is new. I Think its several sessions with counseling and follow up.
    Better than The EVIL VALIUM AND ANY OTHER BENZO. which i have been addicted to for 20 yrs do to injuries. A horrible drug that will kill you trying to quit. I am decreasing even though they say i am too old
    and what the government wont admit ask for family vets Speed is being passed out there with the water,You will get denial.
    Pilots always take (go Pills).

    PLEASE LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT CHECK IT OUT. They are Based In Santa Cruz Ca. Since they started studies of the brain with many chemicals. Also go to EROWID.ORG OR COM A very fair test on all drugs from caffine to nicotine to antidepressants street drugs you name and they have more research than you will Imagine.
    SAVE THEIR LIVES MAPS.ORG PLEASE DON”T LET THEM FIND THERE WAY
    TO PRISON OR HOSPITALS
    DOES NOT WORK . ONLY SNAP.
    THEY DESERVE THE BEST> I SUPPORT ALL TROPPS NOT LIFERS OR GOVERNMENT> THEY WILL KILL US ALL. DO NOT REACT TO MY LAST STATEMENT.
    I was in for 4 yrs. Period
    LOVE THEM CHECK AND PASS THE WORD DO NOT DELAY IT”S A LIFE (MANY) TOO MANY
    PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL
    SMILEY DAVE

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