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Obama: Help Vets with PTSD

President Obama said the country must help veterans get help with post-traumatic stress disorder, ahead of Veterans Affairs’ expected announcement Monday that will make it easier for veterans to get federal benefits for their PTSD. Veterans will soon have less of a burden to prove that they suffered horrible events during combat, and instead will just have to show that the conditions existed while they were deployed that could have caused PTSD. Speaking in his weekly radio address, Obama said the rule change stems from the nation’s "solemn responsibility to provide our veterans and wounded warriors with the care and benefits they've earned when they come home." An estimated 20 percent of returning veterans have PTSD or major depression symptoms—about 300,000 people.

July 10, 2010 3:23 AM