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Peterson likes new rules to help vets with stress disorder

Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota, praised the Veterans Administration's new plan to improve care for our veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The new rules will make it easier for veterans - including those who may have been denied benefits in the past - to receive the care and benefits they deserve.

"These new rules are an important step forward in ensuring that we do all we can to support our returning soldiers," said Peterson. "For too long, soldiers suffering from PTSD have gone without the care they need. We need to keep the promises we make to our veterans."

Previously, veterans had to undergo lengthy investigations in order to apply for disability benefits for PTSD. The VA required extensive documentation of the specific cause of the disorder in addition to a doctor's diagnosis, and ultimately denied benefits to thousands of veterans who were unable to document their experiences. The new reforms will simplify the process, requiring a VA doctor's diagnosis for veterans who served in a combat zone.

"Nearly one in five veterans suffer from PTSD or major depression, and many veterans in Minnesota's Seventh District have been suffering without the care they need and have earned," said Peterson. "Finally, veterans of both current and past wars will receive the VA health care and disability compensation they deserve."