In a memorandum, an Army ombudsman wrote that a doctor from the base hospital, Madigan Army Medical Center, said that one diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cost $1.5 million in benefits over a soldier’s lifetime. The doctor also counseled his colleagues to be good stewards of taxpayer money by not “rubber-stamping” such diagnoses.
Madigan Army base diagnoses of PTSD were sent to Walter Reed for reevaluation. What stands out is that the reevaluations changed the results, with PTSD evaluations often changed to personailtiy disorders. But its clear to me that these veterans, after discharge, are going to have strong claims for service connection for PTSD and the military diagnosis should be disregarded.
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