posted on March 03, 2011 16:53
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma, and for other purposes.
Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1]
(34) Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3], Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7], Rep Wilson, Frederica [FL-17] (3/14/2011), Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4], Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4], Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51], Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2], Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14], Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] (3/16/2011), Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10], Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13], Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4], Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] (3/30/2011), Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6], Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (4/1/2011), Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (4/5/2011), Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (4/8/2011), Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] (10/4/2011), Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] (10/12/2011), Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] (2/17/2012), Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] (2/27/2012), Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1], Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43], Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15], Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3], Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1], Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (5/8/2012), Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] (5/9/2012), Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (5/17/2012), Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8], Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] (5/30/2012), Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] (6/19/2012), Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] (6/20/2012), Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] (7/17/2012)
4/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee.
Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
The bill states that the Secretary shall accept as sufficient proof of service-connection of post-traumatic stress disorder alleged to have been incurred in or aggravated by service in the active military, naval, or air service a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder by a mental health professional together with written testimony by the veteran of such incurrence or aggravation and a written determination by the professional that such disorder is related to the veteran's service, if consistent with the circumstances, conditions, or hardships of such service, notwithstanding the fact that there is no official record of such incurrence or aggravation in such service, and, to that end, shall resolve every reasonable doubt in favor of the veteran. Service-connection of post-traumatic stress disorder may be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence to the contrary. In the case of such a rebuttal, the Secretary shall make all documents related to the service-connection of the veteran's disability available to the veteran.