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Committee Approves Brown Bill to Assist Vets with PTSD and Brain Injury

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With nearly 20% of military personnel returning from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and brain injury, the Senate Military & Veterans Affair Committee released a bill sponsored by Senator Chris Brown to help military and veteran families cope with after-effects of war.

With nearly 20% of military personnel returning from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and brain injury, the Senate Military & Veterans Affair Committee released a bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Brown to help military and veteran families cope with after-effects of war. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is a tragedy there are men and women who survived the war, but are unable to make the transition to peace and fully reconnect with their loved ones,” said Brown, a combat veteran who was twice activated for war. “Many of the cases of suicides, homelessness, and unemployment among our veteran are sadly a result of PTSD and brain trauma. We need to do better to help our veterans overcome these debilitating conditions.”

The bill, S-2821, requires the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) to develop a program to help veterans access evaluation and treatment for PTSD or total brain injury diagnosis related to military service.

“We are fortunate to have young men and women who willingly choose to endure hardships, knowing the consequences so others would not have to,” said, Brown. “Veterans’ services are measures to make these heroes whole again as best we can so they can live normal lives with their families.”

Under the bill, the program would include offering support and guidance, transportation, and assistance filing disability compensation claims and other paperwork.

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