(POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)
The Department of Veterans Affairs claims that 60,000 US servicemen and women have been wounded or affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following their tours in Iraq since 2003. Approximately twenty percent of war veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from some degree of PTSD. A recent study conducted by Stanford University estimates that this figure will soon skyrocket to thirty-five percent. Due to a recent class-action lawsuit filed by combat veterans, many of these PTSD sufferers are having their previously denied claims re-evaluated.
PTSD may occur when a veteran experiences traumatic and stressful events while in service. PTSD symptoms are known to include flashbacks, vivid nightmares, intrusive thoughts, exaggerated startled response, emotional numbness and more. Following the result of the class-action lawsuit, the US military will be forced to pay disability retirement benefits for life to 1,029 disabled veterans. These veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan and were discharged from the military without benefits.
These veterans will now receive:
•Lifetime military disability retirement pay - this may be more than their current VA payments. The monies will be retroactive to the day of discharge.
•They will be eligible to apply for Combat-Related Special Compensation; this could increase their disability payments even further.
•TriCare (healthcare) for life for the veteran, spouse and children under the age of 18.
•Commissary and military post exchange privileges.
•They will be eligible to buy life insurance through the Survivor Benefit Plan.
•Reimbursement for expenses incurred for medical treatment for the veteran, his/her spouse and minor children, retroactive to the day of discharge.
Regarding the settlement, plaintiff and Air Force Veteran Aimee Sherrod proclaimed, 'It's getting your dignity back. It's a huge relief.' Veterans are now permitted to hire attorneys to represent them for applying for benefits from the Veterans Administration. Prior to the class-action ruling, attorneys were not permitted to charge a fee for representing veterans at the administrative level. For more information on the Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Class Action Lawsuit Settlement, visit www.ptsdlawsuit.com.
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