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Commentary: Veterans shouldn't have so much red tape to get PTSD treatment

War zone veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression will no longer have to show their condition is linked to a specific event in order to qualify for disability benefits. From now on, a diagnosis will suffice.

That's the right call for several reasons.





Yes, the troops volunteered and presumably go into the service these days with their eyes open and in the expectation that they will serve in combat zones, even if not assigned combat roles. But since 9/11, the nation has promised to care for those troops when they return wounded. Care is not a round of paperwork and testimony to show you were in convoy with casualties when an IED went off. Care is treatment and disability benefits when you've been diagnosed with PTSD by a qualified professional.

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