VA Opens New Brain Injury Center, Streamlines PTSD Claims Process

After long-term criticism of how it treats soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Veterans Administration has made some important progress. In his June 10 radio address, President Obama announced that the VA will streamline its claims process for those injuries, which he called the "signature injuries of today's wars."

This news comes on the heels of the June 24 opening of the VA's new $65 million treatment center exclusively for veterans with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD and other psychological issues: the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for Psychological Help and Traumatic Brain Injury.

"For years, many veterans with PTSD who have tried to seek benefits - veterans of today's wars and earlier wars - have often found themselves stymied," Obama said. "Well, I don't think our troops on the battlefield should have to take notes to keep for a claims application."

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