Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) welcomes the Veterans Administration (VA) plan to improve care for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The new reforms make it easier for veterans, including those denied benefits in the past, to receive their earned benefits.
“Nearly one in five veterans suffer from PTSD. Many men and women were tripped up by red tape when trying to access care. That’s a shame, but it won’t continue on the Democrats’ watch,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. “Now, Northeast Ohio vets can go to the Wade Park PTSD VA Medical Center in Cleveland, receive a diagnosis, and immediately receive the disability compensation they deserve.”
Previously, veterans had to undergo lengthy investigations while applying for PTSD disability benefits. The VA required extensive documentation of the specific cause of PTSD along with a doctor’s diagnosis. Unable to document their experiences, thousands of veterans were denied PTSD benefits. The proposed reforms simplify the process, requiring only a VA doctor’s diagnosis for veterans who served in a combat zone.
“Our soldiers sacrifice immensely for our freedom, and it’s our duty to ensure they’re supported when they return home,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “I’m proud that, finally, our veterans suffering from PTSD will receive the necessary care, with no hassles or red tape.”
Congressman John Hall (NY-19), Chairman of the House Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, spearheaded this effort alongside President Obama. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America strongly supports the new rule.