Rep. Bill Foster (D-14) on July 14 applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for adopting a rule that will make it easier for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to receive VA health care and disability compensation.
â€œAfter serving our country so bravely, our wounded warriors should not have to face additional challenges to get the support they deserve,â€ Foster said. â€œI am pleased that the VA has made a change so that veterans suffering from PTSD are promptly and properly cared forâ€”and I am certainly pleased that veterans from wars fought in decades past may not be eligible for the claims that were previously denied. I have never met anyone more heroic than the veterans recovering from life-changing injuriesâ€”we have to do everything we can to help them and their families recover as quickly as possible.â€
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 relatedâ€”essentially denying benefits to thousands of veterans unable to document their claims decades after their discharge from service. This 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.