Commentary: A win for veterans

Over the years, U.S. military doctors have made enormous strides in treating wounded combatants. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the survival rate is nearing 95 percent for soldiers who live long enough to get medical treatment.

Soldiers and veterans with psychological wounds haven't fared as well. Too often, former armed forces members with PTSD -- post-traumatic stress syndrome -- have either been denied benefits outright or been stymied by a frustrating claims process.

That's about to change for the better, thanks to the elimination of a rule requiring veterans seeking treatment for PTSD to prove that a particular event, such as a firefight or bomb blast, produced lingering mental-health problems. "You don't have to engage in a firefight to endure the trauma of war," President Obama said in announcing the change.

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