Approximately 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan report experiencing some level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's a staggering number considering these only represent the documented cases. The true number of cases are unknown, as several veterans may not seek assistance. And in the worst case scenario, many vets have sought out assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA) only to be denied veterans benefits related to PTSD. 

With regard to those vets who were denied PTSD benefits, it appears they may soon be seeing a very positive reversal. In response to a recent class action lawsuit filed by combat veterans, the VA has agreed to reevaluate the medical records of some 4,300 recent vets who were discharged with PTSD. It's assumed that some of these veterans were improperly denied benefits.

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who "opt-in" as part of this lawsuit have a deadline date of July 24th if they wish to be part of the reevaluation.

Veterans who have yet to file for benefits related to PTSD, should visit the National Center for PTSD to better familiarize themselves with the symptoms and treatment that is available. 

James R. Keller
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