Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has only been recognized in recent years as a serious health condition many soldiers returning from service are facing. This means that thousands of soldiers who served in campaigns of war before the mid-’90s may have never been diagnosed with a mental illness they were afflicted with.
According to FOX 6 News, a group of Vietnam veterans has filed a lawsuit, claiming they suffer from PTSD and were never diagnosed with the condition. The claim stems from the case of a Vietnam veteran from New Haven, Connecticut, who says that the military will not review or upgrade his discharge status despite a diagnosis of PTSD he received in 2004. The vet says he was traumatized by what he saw on the battlefield and was dishonorably discharged after refusing to return to battle during a mental breakdown.
This particular veteran isn’t the only one who has been denied Connecticut Veterans Benefits by this policy. It is estimated that approximately 85,000 Vietnam veterans may be suffering from PTSD. Most of these soldiers received discharges for behavior that has been linked to PTSD.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm understand just how serious the unseen effects of PTSD can be and are here to help you if you are preparing to file a claim for veteran’s benefits due to PTSD or have a claim that has been denied in the past.