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A military review could bring millions of dollars in additional benefits to veterans of the War in Iraq and the Afghanistan War. Veterans discharged with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be entitled to additional benefits after a review of the benefits awarded at discharge. The agreement to review the cases of these veterans stems from a class action lawsuit filed by seven combat veterans.
The disability rating given by the army for veterans discharged with a diagnosis of PTSD is at issue. The law requires the VA to assign a disability rating of at least 50% to veterans discharged with PTSD. Sometimes the VA assigns lower disability ratings wrongfully. The higher rating assures that a veteran with PTSD receives lifelong monthly disability payments, and free health care for the veteran and his or her family.