On June 10th the latest version of the COMBAT PTSD Act was passed by the Houses’ Veterans Affairs Committee and is now on its way to the floor of the House for consideration.
Developed by Congressman John Hall (D-NY), the COMBAT PTSD Act would eliminate the need for Veterans to prove that a specific incident caused an injury. This requirement has been especially restricting to Veterans that suffer from PTSD.
“Currently there is an onerous burden put on the veteran, especially those diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder to prove combat zone stressors,” said Hall. “Instead of helping these veterans, the VA acts as an obstacle, inflicting upon the most noble of our citizens a process that feels accusatory and disbelieving. The current process is complex, legalistic and protracted, and particularly difficult for veterans because of the stresses and uncertainties involved while facing skeptical and cynical attitudes of VA staff,” (Mid-Hudson News).
It is unclear what the chances are of the Act being passed or what impact it would have on EMDR’s availablility to Veterans.
What do you think of the COMBAT PTSD Act?