Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Settle Long-Term Disability Lawsuit

U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars won a long-term disability class-action settlement with the federal government.

According to court documents, the National Veterans Legal Service Program and government officials asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims last week to approve lifetime disability retirement benefits for 1,029 veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. The veterans were denied their benefits when they were discharged after their wartime service.

The lawsuit alleged military services violated the law by not assigning a 50 percent disability rating to personnel discharged for post traumatic stress disorder, which entitles veterans to disability retirement benefits. Bart Stichman, the National Veterans Legal Service Program co-executive director, calls the settlement a triumph.

“These veterans covered by this agreement were exposed to highly traumatic events during deployment, only to return home and be shortchanged on benefits after the military found they suffered from PTSD that was so severe that they needed to be discharged,” Stichman said.

The settlement must be approved by a judge before it is final.

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