After the number of veterans receiving benefits for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) nearly doubled in the past five years, The Veterans Affairs
Department is planning to review 72,000 cases for proper medical evidence of the condition. Over 200,000 vets recieved benefits for PTSD in 2004, at
a cost of over $4 billion.
WASHINGTON -- The government is going to take a new look at the claims of about one-third of the military veterans who get disability payments for
post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Veterans Affairs Department will begin a yearlong review next month of 72,000 cases after an internal study found inconsistencies in the way the
claims were decided, including many cases approved though they lacked required medical evidence.
Millions of dollars a year could be involved.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness characterized by subjective symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares, can be difficult to quantify.
The review will cover veterans whose claims were approved between 1999 and 2004 and who receive full disability benefits--$2,299 a month--for PTSD
alone or in combination with other conditions, said VA spokesman Phil Budahn.
But the review won't consider the other side of the question, whether veterans were wrongly denied benefits, and that has some critics upset.
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Is this a legitimate investigation, or just a search for increased revenue through cutting expenses? We gear our soldiers up, teach them how to
kill, send them out to do it, and when they come back with mental and emotional problems, first we say "Ok, we'll take care of you," then we say,
"Hold on a minute, this is getting expensive."? What kind of message does that send to our brave troops fighting in foreign lands for our beloved
country? Go fight, kill, and destroy, maybe even be wounded or die, but don't try to claim it effects your ability to function in normal society?
These are people, not robots!