Good news appears to be on the way for veterans of past wars who were booted from the military before post traumatic stress disorder was a diagnosable condition.
According to Military Times, the Department of Defense has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for Vietnam-era veterans and other past wars who can provide some evidence of a PTSD diagnosis that existed when they were in the military.
Andrew Tilghman writes that the Pentagon will give "liberal consideration" to those vets, which could result in restoration of benefits "such as disability pay, separation pay or GI Bill benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, which are typically denied to vets who receive other-than-honorable discharges." Tilghman points out that care in the VA system is typically provided to vets regardless of their discharge.
The Pentagon's new rule, Tilghman writes, comes in response to a federal lawsuit that was filed in March on behalf of veterans who claimed the DoD was "wrongfully denying discharge upgrade applications from veterans with claims and evidence of PTSD."
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