NY Representative meets with veterans to discuss new VA legislation

Representative John Hall (D-Dover) met with veterans at VFW posts in his district yesterday to discuss a proposed amendment to the VA regulation on PTSD disability claims. The VA is accepting public comments on the proposal until Friday.

The amendment would change what evidence a veteran must produce when applying for disability compensation for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). If passed, the regulation would eliminate the requirement that a veteran prove which specific incident during their service in the military caused their PTSD.

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, veterans who spoke with Rep. Hall were generally supportive of the new regulation, however some are concerned that the proposal requires that a VA psychiatrist or psychologist diagnose veterans with PTSD.

Excluding evidence from mental health professionals outside of the VA healthcare system will adversely affect veterans who have sought treatment for PTSD.

If you are a veteran and suffering from PTSD and fighting the VA to get disability compensation, contact the veteran rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.