TITLE

LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND: ENSURING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR PTSD-AFFLICTED VETERANS

AUTHOR(S)
CHAPMAN, TIFFANY M.
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Military Law Review;Summer2010, Vol. 204, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the significance of ensuring that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-afflicted veterans in the U.S. have access to health care. For soldiers afflicted with PTSD, being discharged under Other Than Honorable (OTH) conditions are prevented by current legislation from receiving the U.S. Veterans' Affairs (VA) compensation and some health care benefits. The U.S. Congress has enacted Public Law 95-126 in 1977 which provides some soldiers discharged with an OTH for misconduct to receive health care benefits. However, this condition still depends on whether the soldier did not meet one of the statutory bars. One way to ensure VA health-care access is for the U.S. Army to amend Army Regulations (AR) to incorporate a mandatory PTSD evaluation process prior to separation.
ACCESSION #
54587485

 

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