Monday, January 25, 2010
A Department of Defense settlement that could increase disability benefits for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder reinforces recent policy changes.
A Department of Defense settlement that could increase disability benefits for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, reinforces recent policy changes.
Seven combat vets sued saying they were denied benefits they deserved when they were discharged because of PTSD. The Pentagon now says it will review thousands of claims.
Officials at the VA in San Diego say the Department of Defense and the VA used to have different ways to estimate disability benefits. That resulted in veterans being reassessed after they were discharged, sometimes resulting in better benefits.
Now, the Department of Defense’s ratings have been aligned with those of the VA.
A spokesperson at the Department of Defense says a new policy recommends all vets discharged for PTSD get 50 percent disability benefits temporarily. Then they get a comprehensive mental assessment to determine their ongoing benefit.
Veterans in San Diego discharged for PTSD before the policy change can appeal their benefit rating, either through the Department of Defense or through the Navy.