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November 6, 2009

Grassley Q & A

Care for Veterans

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Q: How are you working in the U.S. Senate to help veterans?

A: Many veterans coming home from recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan bring with them injuries that are harder to see, yet no less troubling. The psychological toll is sometimes too much as our veterans struggle to get back into the workforce, society and family life. Unfortunately, many of these injuries go undetected. That’s why I’m working in the U.S. Senate to improve treatment and care for veterans suffering mental injuries like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury from serving in combat zones. For instance, in 2007, I worked with then-Senator Obama to make sure the military was not improperly discharging service members who had served in combat zones for “pre-existing” personality disorders. A personality disorder discharge may render these men and women ineligible for medical care they need from the VA. I recently wrote a letter to President Obama hoping to receive his continued support on this very important issue. I will keep up the fight to make sure our service members and veterans receive fair treatment from the federal government.

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