Vets Benefits Proposed Legislation 01 Apr 13

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Southern Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz are holding a press conference today (MON) to discuss their legislation aimed at helping wrongly discharged military veterans restore their benefits. The federal lawmakers will be joined by Minnesota Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito. They are citing a recent study that found over 31,000 US veterans may have been improperly discharged for personality and adjustment disorders. Those veterans lose the right to federal Veterans Administration benefits, even though they may be suffering from service-connected post-traumatic stress disorders. Klobuchar and Walz say their legislation is aimed at correcting those errors and preventing future misdiagnoses.