What is it about?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits to veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The program has received considerable scrutiny and criticism over the years. This paper discusses many of the problems and challenges -- both political and clinical -- in the system and offers suggestions for how to address them to improve the overall functioning of this important and complex program.

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Why is it important?

Disability benefits to aid military veterans suffering from PTSD represents a critical commitment to provide care for veterans with impairments in functioning related to their military service. Identifying problems in the system that are amenable to change will make the system a better program with greater integrity and fairness to best serve veteran's financial and healthcare needs.


This paper reflects the authors' long-time commitment to veterans and the VA and is an outgrowth of our career-long investments in conducting and coordinating mental health disability assessments for veterans. We hope the article will encourage policy-makers, VA administrators, and practitioners alike to consider ways we might improve this important disability program.

Andrew Meisler

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This page is a summary of: The Department of Veterans Affairs disability examination program for PTSD: Critical analysis and strategies for remediation., Psychology Public Policy and Law, July 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/law0000359.
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