A settlement has been reached between the government and veterans involved in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than a thousand veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder will be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of settlement. Lawyers for the veterans, the Justice Department and the military jointly filed a motion in court that set out the terms of the settlement which must be approved by a judge to be final.
The settlement arises from a class action lawsuit filed in 2008 by veterans unable to serve, at least in part, because of the anxiety disorder. It was alleged that they were illegally denied benefits by the government. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a terrifying event in which a person felt physically harmed or threatened. This settlement will help a good number of veterans whose service to our country demanded that they should have been treated better.
Source: Associated Press
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