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Thousands of veterans are struggling to combat the invisible wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). What’s worse is too many of them are locked out from receiving the life-saving care we promised them when they signed up to serve.
Since 2001, more than 300,000 service members have received less-than-honorable discharges. Many have no access to VA medical services. However, the reason for those discharges is often behavior linked to trauma-related injuries like PTSD and TBI. Veterans with less-than-honorable discharges are twice as likely to die by suicide.
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The Fairness for Veterans Act can help change this. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) requires the military to consider medical evidence of PTSD or TBI in the discharge review process.
This is what makes the Fairness for Veterans Act different: it’s a bipartisan bill for vets, backed by vets. Forty-four of the nation’s top Veterans Service Organization have signed on in support. This isn’t a “red” or a “blue” issue, and our lawmakers need to know it.
If you feel compelled to help, there is a bill up in congress right now with only a few weeks left to pass . If you agree with the Fairness for Veterans Act, you could show your support by signing below.
Fairness for Veterans Petition