In the “U.S. Watch” column of the May 1, 2014, Wall Street Journal, in a brief article headlined “Veterans Groups Sue to Aid Sex-Assault Victims,” Ben Kesling writes:
Veterans groups filed suit in a federal court Wednesday to help sexual-assault victims more easily receive benefits for trauma suffered during military service.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. Circuit Court in Washington, alleges the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t acted on a petition to reduce victims’ burden of proof of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by military sexual trauma in claims for benefits.
Kesling goes on to write:
“Post-traumatic stress is post-traumatic stress, it shouldn’t matter the cause,” said Anu Bhagwati, executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network, one of the groups bringing the suit. The Vietnam Veterans of America also is a plaintiff in the legal action.
Veterans generally must prove that a disability was the result of a particular service-related injury, such as being wounded in combat. Some diseases, however, are presumed to be service-connected and don’t require such specific proof.
In my PTSD short story SOLOMON’S JUSTICE a female vet realizes she is suffering from PTSD from the time she was raped as a teen when her father was in the military and two more times when she was on active military duty herself. (You can now read SOLOMON’S JUSTICE for free on Wattpad at http://budurl.com/SJWattpad)
It will be interesting to see what happens with this lawsuit. And meanwhile, you might want to read my recent blog post “Reality and Fictional Topic of Sexual Assault in the Military.”
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.