4-5-2013

Senate Bill to Correct Misdiagnosed Veterans

Senator Jon Tester (Mont.), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation (S. 628)that would authorize the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to evaluate and, when necessary, correct service records for veterans diagnosed by the Department of Defense (DoD) with a Personality Disorder (PD) or Adjustment Disorder (AD) and discharged after active-duty deployment. Because PD and AD are considered pre-existing conditions, DoD is not obligated to award these veterans benefits related to their conditions.

The legislation is a companion bill to the “ServicemembersMental Health Review Act”(H.R. 975), introduced by Rep. Tim Walz in the House last month. Tester and Walz believe many of these veterans are actually suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and are eligible for benefits they’ve rightfully earned and need to properly reintegrate into civilian life.

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