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New Report Calls for Improved Disability Benefits for War Veterans

A report issued on Wednesday by the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission recommended revising the disability-rating schedule to better take into account neurological disabilities, including TBI. Specifically, the Commission recommended tackling “post-traumatic stress disorder, other mental disorders and traumatic brain injury expeditiously” when revising the disability-rating schedule.

The report called for completing a revision of the current disability rating system within the next five years. In addition, the Commission found that, overall, the current disability benefits structure does not take into account the full impact of service-connected disabilities on veterans’ quality of life, and recommended that Congress provide a 25 percent increase in benefits until a new system is put into place.

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