POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 10:26am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:35pm
The government could soon give millions of dollars to men and women who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there's a deadline to claim the money, NBC reporter Tracie Potts has the story.
Tlyer Einarson was shot in the arm and chest, tracking a Taliban operative in the mountains of Afghanistan. The Marines discharged him with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but with a rating too low to qualify for benefits. He and six others sued and the military's agreed to review 4,300 medical cases. Veterans attorneys say the law requires a 50% disability rating for PTSD, 30% is needed to get benefits, but thousands of soldiers got less. Tyler stands to gain $24,000 dollars in back payments, plus $1,100 dollars a month and free health care for himself and his family, but there's an important deadline, to claim those benefits, veterans have to opt in by July 24th.
Optin in puts veterans at the head of the line for reviews, it doesn't guarantee benefits. No comment from the Defense Department, but since October 2008, the Pentagon has mandated the 50% rating for veterans with PTSD. For more information visit: http://www.ptsdlawsuit.com