Improved VA Claims Processing For Veterans With PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects approximately 7.7 million people every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). When a mental illness is left untreated, it may result in substance abuse. Drug rehabilitation centers can provide care to individuals suffering from PTSD and its repercussions.

War veterans have an increased risk of developing PTSD as a result of their exposure to combat. Veterans may be eligible to claim benefits from the government once they have finished serving, but it typically requires extensive paperwork, detailing their hardships.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to change this, however, by making it simpler for former servicemembers to receive benefits and care. New PTSD claims regulations will allow veterans to collect benefits once they have been diagnosed by a VA psychologist with the condition as a result of warfare. Programs for women veterans have also been expanded.

Approximately 19 percent of Vietnam war veterans experienced PTSD after returning home, according to the NIMH. As more soldiers return to the U.S. from the Iraq war, the restructured claims process will play a crucial role in giving affected individuals the care they need.