More than 4,300 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan were diagnosed while still in service with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) yet were given low military disability ratings. Per a new agreement, those veterans will see that disability rating rise to 50% and will be applied retroactively.
This agreement will grant veterans eligibility for disability retirement from their date of discharge. Further, it will give veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children access to the military’s health insurance. The agreement could also pay any out-of-pocket medical expenses retroactively since the date of discharge as well as giving these veterans more access to the base.
This agreement stemmed out of the The National Veterans Legal Services Program filing a class-action lawsuit contending the military illegally denied retiree status and medical benefits to those veterans separated as unfit for service due to being diagnosed with stress. Evaluation boards regularly separate members with disability ratings as low as 10% in an effort to lower personnel costs.
Veterans rated below 30% receive a lump sum severance pay as opposed to an immediate annuity and lifetime health coverage. In October 2008, the services were advised to rate people diagnosed with stress at 50% disability. Congress also ordered the defense department to create a board whose purpose is to investigate all service-generated disability ratings of 20% or less for all medically separated veterans since September 11, 2001.
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