WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in town Wednesday, visiting a VFW post in Dayton.
He announced a plan that would make it easier for veterans with war-related injuries to claim benefits.
Senator Brown said this new plan wouldn’t place the burden on veterans to prove their PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Instead, he said it focuses on what they need: recovery.
The senator’s plans would help identify active duty service members whose exposure in the field could lead to mental health issues or injuries.
He said without documenting this early on, many veterans struggle to get the proper medical care once they come back home from combat.
The act would allow service men and women to self-report traumatic events to an online database called Significant Event Track or SET.
“Understand that a whole lot of soldiers get concussion after concussion after concussion in the military; not one of them keeps them out of action, but over time they can affect that soldier’s life and that veteran’s behavior when they return Dayton or Springfield or Fairborn or Xenia,” said Senator Brown.
Senator Brown also awarded two veterans, whose medals were stolen overseas while they we’re serving.
He hopes that this plan can help soldiers like them who come home and need support.