Continuing his fight to ensure that those who have served in uniform have access to the care and services they've earned and deserve, U.S. Rep. Zack Space (OH-18) today hailed a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that simplifies claims processes for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
"Today's announcement is a long time in coming," said Space, a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "Our veterans who have suffered from PTSD as a result of combat deserve nothing short of our full care and attention. Their wounds are ones that we often do not see until it is too late, and we must do everything we can to address them."
Before this change in regulations, veterans who applied for disability benefits resulting from PTSD had to demonstrate to the VA that their illness was service-related, a major burden on the thousands of veterans unable to document their claims. Today's shift in policy reduces the evidence needed if the PTSD stressor claimed by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity and is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran's service.
The rule will make it easier for all veterans suffering from PTSD to receive VA compensation, including many Vietnam veterans who were denied PTSD benefits in the past.
Congressman Space has represented Ohio's 18th Congressional District since 2007. He has been working to restore integrity to the office, and to create the conditions to bring new industry and jobs to Ohio. Recently, Congressman Space launched FIGHTING TO RENEW OHIO, the second phase of his plan to provide long-term economic growth in Ohio's 18th Congressional District.