Monday, November 12, 2007

Edwards Unveils Plan For Dealing With PTSD

From The Edwards Campaign:

Today at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, John Edwards unveiled a five-point plan to reform our nation's system for treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A recent study found the number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for PTSD from the Department of Veterans Affairs increased by nearly 20,000—almost 70%—in the year ending in June 2007. Today, as we observe Veterans' Day across the country, Edwards proposed a comprehensive plan to address the difficulties that veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan currently face in receiving treatment for PTSD.
Edwards' plan would:

-Increase the time that service members spend at home between tours of duty
-Improve resources, training and outreach to help eliminate the stigma associated with PTSD
-Aggressively resolve the backlog of PTSD claims currently faced by the VA
-Provide a comprehensive medical examination for each service member upon his or her departure from the service
-Create a new national chain of care to ensure that no veteran's medical care falls through the cracks

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