Friday, May 30, 2008

VCS v. Nicholson and the anti-PTSD Email

After the close of evidence in VCS v. Nicholson, an email came to light concerning instructions to "refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD" (March 20, 2008 email from Veterans Health Administration PTSD Program Coordinator Norma Perez). The email goes on "We don't have time to do the extensive testing that should be done to determine PTSD".

Plaintiffs have requested that this email be considered in determining factual issues, such as whether VA systematically underdiagnoses PTSD and lacks resources to do its job.


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