Back in 2010, there was a lot of debate about whether or not Veterans Affairs should pay out disability benefits for PTSD. Once the decision was made to bring our men and women home from Iraq and Afghanistan there were several men and women that were suffering from PTSD, also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The biggest concern was how much it would cost overall or the long term. This included not only medications but this was concerning counseling, therapy, and the affects that it would have on family members of these veterans as well. The question most veterans were asking is, “Why benefits would not be paid out for those that suffered as a result of combat?”
It is quite common for combat to have this type of effect on those that serve in the armed forces, and it’s sad that our government would in no way see why it should help those that serve our country to overcome conditions that are directly related to their time in service. In 2010, there were debates already starting regarding Veterans Affairs and how they were treating these cases.
Did Veterans Affairs Attempt to Shun Those with PTSD?
Naturally, most issues that government deals with are subject the cost long term which determines whether or not they will actually contribute. There isn’t a better way to describe how they assess what they choose to pay for or avoid.
There was a big debate in 2010 regarding whether or not veterans needed to document the events of the time spent in combat as well as the events that they believe would have contributed to the PTSD itself. Proof to show that you served in a war zone? What if your PTSD means that you have blocked it out? What if you don’t recall where you were due to repressed memories?
There were many debates about these very issues and whether or not the very idea was viable enough for veterans to say that they deserve the coverage. How could veterans NOT deserve coverage for any issue related to combat? Each individual handles things differently but there have been many warriors that have returned with PTSD.
Tons of research has been done on PTSD, and now the question is whether not the government is justified in how they have handled these men and women to determine if they should get benefits. It’s imperative that people understand this condition, what it is and how it affects their families as well.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a moral obligation to care for veterans don’t you think?
Veterans Affairs Needs to Support Disabled Veterans Now
There is no doubt that disabled veterans are greatly affected by this condition and it’s something that just doesn’t go away. PTSD has been recognized as one of the hardest conditions to recover from. This is why our men and women cannot afford to go without treatment at all.
More and more veterans are coming home and filing disability claims. This is no surprise but many that suffer with PTSD often don’t recover quickly or without setbacks. Getting the proper screening is the first step and once you get that you can speak with Veterans Affairs about getting the help you need and deserve.
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