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Rep. Foster Announces Important Change For Our Veterans

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Those Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Now Get the Care They Deserve

Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs for adopting a rule this week that will make it easier for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to receive VA health care and disability compensation.

"After serving our country so bravely, our wounded warriors should not have to face additional challenges to get the support they deserve," said Foster. "I am pleased that the VA has made a change so that veterans suffering from PTSD are promptly and properly cared for -- and I am certainly pleased that veterans from wars fought in decades past may now be eligible for the claims that were previously denied. I have never met anyone more heroic than the veterans recovering from life-changing injuries -- we have to do everything we can to help them and their families recover as quickly as possible."

Before this rule change, veterans who applied for disability benefits to compensate for PTSD had to prove to the VA that their illness was service related -- essentially denying benefits to thousands of veterans unable to document their claims decades after their discharge from service. The new rule grants presumption of service connection to any veteran who served in a combat zone and has been diagnosed with PTSD, making it easier for them to receive the care and support they need.


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