I can't believe the N&O actually printed this mess:
Not all veterans are created equally. Combat vets are special, and the burdens they're forced to bear deserve priority status.
That's why I was disheartened to see the Department of Veterans Affairs significantly relax the requirements for a veteran to receive benefits for post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The change was made without much fanfare or discussion earlier this month.
Without much discussion? Are you really that dense, or are you putting on an act? Veterans have been fighting for this change for decades, and entire libraries can be stocked with the testimony and Q&A's from Congressional sub-committees and Federal lawsuits.
Under the old rules, a vet had to prove he or she was exposed to a specific traumatic event, such as a firefight, a bomb attack or ambush. Under the new system, the mere fear of a traumatic event qualifies. Trauma tied to a real combat event is no longer required.
No, under the old rules, a veteran had to produce documentary proof of a stressing "event", and even if they could remember the specific date/time/place, nearly all documents associated with said event were/are classified. In walks the lawyer the vet can't afford, to submit the FOIA's that will be ignored or delayed for a few years.
But making erroneous and unqualified value judgments about combat and stress isn't quite enough for Little Ricky. Oh no. He must saunter down the lane of character and integrity attacks on veterans:
The other glaring flaw in the new regulations that can't be ignored: their vulnerability to fraud. How does one prove, or disprove, stress disorder caused by traumatic fear?
I fear that in order to cope with the influx, acute care for deserving veterans who experienced real, debilitating terror in combat will be sacrificed so treatment can be given to vets who were merely scared out of their wits.
"Merely scared out of their wits"? Excuse my French Ricky, but you're a fucking idiot. Every single day, 18 veterans take their own lives. That's well over 6,000 per year, which is a hell of a lot more veterans than (might) successfully perpetrate fraud on the VA.
And that's 6,000 veterans that won't be filing or following up on their claims, because, you know. They're dead.