One Veteran's Voice

14 November 2005

VA Cancels PTSD Review

In a move that will bring a sigh of relief to many vets suffering with PTSD, the VA administration has cancelled a review of PTSD claims after acknowledging that the problems with the questionable claims were due to clerical errors and not fraud.

Veterans Secretary R. James Nicholson said, "In the absence of evidence of fraud, we're not going to put our veterans through the anxiety of a widespread review of their disability claims. Instead, we're going to improve our training for VA personnel who handle disability claims and toughen administrative oversight."

The fact that the VA was more ready to blame the problem on veterans rather than on its own bloated beauracracy doesn't go away, and it certainly won't be forgotten by all the vets with PTSD claims who were basically being called liars by the very government agency created to look out for them. I suppose that the more correct way to put it would be that the veterans were being called potential liars because the nature of their disability was not physical, and thus open to interpretation.

I guess the moral of the story is that the truth came out, a wrong was righted, and the VA came to its senses and realized that any financial gain to be had in reviewing claims wasn't worth the moral black eye. Bad press-- it's what get's em every time.

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