A veteran is not barred from seeking benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder allegedly caused by an in-service sexual assault, even though the veteran did not report the assault to military authorities when it occurred, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Sept. 30 (AZ v. Shinseki, 2013 BL 265582, Fed. Cir., No. 2012-7048, 9/30/13). Zachary Stolz, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, Providence, R.I., who represented one of the veterans, told BNA Oct. 2, ‘‘The decision will make it easier for veteran sexual assault survivors to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.’’ Read more.
From Law Week: Report At Time Of Sexual Assault Not Needed For Vet To Get PTSD Benefits
Category: Veterans Law