In the wake of numerous botched diagnoses at the Madigan Army Medical Center, the need for a uniform method of screening and determining disability from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is of increasing concern to legislators and military officials..
The News Tribune reports Senator Patty Murray has proposed a bill that seeks to create a standard protocol for both evaluation and diagnosis of PTSD to aid in determining treatment and disability ratings for soldiers and veterans. The bill focuses on the standardization of all Department of Defense behavioral health and suicide-prevention programs which provide a majority of PTSD care for soldiers.
For veterans who suffer from PTSD, the bill also pushes for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve mental health services for families of disabled veterans and create better staffing plans and performance goals.
Another major initiative within the bill calls for more emphasis to be put on creating peer-to-peer mentoring and counseling groups for soldiers and veterans. Many disabled veterans suffering from PTSD have not only been able to cope better when able to discuss their situations with peers, but they have also gained benefits from counseling others.
Strong support from family and friends is important as a disabled veteran copes with PTSD symptoms. Another helpful resource could come from veterans’ disability benefits which can help connect PTSD-disabled veterans to better mental health care through the VA.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.