IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

November 10, 2005

No. 05-024


Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146
(301) 996-0901

 

VVA Applauds VA Secretary Nicholson
For Ending Review of PTSD Cases

 


(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America commends Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson’s decision to end the controversial review of 72,000 cases of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  “This would have been an ill-advised and patently inequitable retrospective review of cases from 1999 to 2004 in which veterans have been granted a 100 percent disability rating because of PTSD,” said John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), on the eve of Veterans’ Day. 

“The VA made the right decision in what appeared to be an effort to cull veterans from the compensation rolls,” Rowan said. “The VA must now focus on the inadequate training and supervision of adjudicators.  If the VA would use its own Best Practice Manual for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Compensation and Pension Examinations, the disparity in PTSD compensation ratings would decrease. 

“The VA also must improve its efforts to meet its legal duty to assist veterans in securing records to document military stressors,” Rowan said.  “The decision today is a good first step. Now the VA must act to ensure fair and accurate adjudication of PTSD and other claims in a timely manner. VVA looks forward to working with the Secretary and his staff toward this end.” 

The manual can be found online at www.vva.org/ptsd1/ptsdmanualfind6.pdf 

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