Over one thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will benefit from a class action lawsuit settlement agreed to by the attorneys at the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the United States. While some veterans involved with the lawsuit suffering from PTSD will receive VA disability benefits for the first time, others will receive an increase in benefits.
The VA benefits claim lawsuit was originally filed in 2008 and dealt with thousands of veterans who were medically discharged due to combat- and duty-related stress and trauma between 2003 and 2008. Some of these veterans have struggled for years without proper financial support following their discharge. Now, they will receive lifelong benefits retroactive to the time of their discharge, lifetime healthcare for their spouses and dependent children, life insurance eligibility, and medical costs reimbursements.
For former soldiers like Anthony Koller, who watched friends die in combat in Afghanistan, or Timothy Martin, who survived a number of firefights in Iraq before having to return home, this victory will change their lives and give them a chance to support their families and get the continuing medical care that they need.
If you are a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits. Contact us today to set up a private meeting with an experienced attorney.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.