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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-H5448 on Feb 14, 2008

Signature Legislation: including post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability
Source: Full Faith in Veterans Act (H.R.5448)
Full Faith in Veterans Act of 2008 - To accept as sufficient proof of service-connection of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) alleged to have been incurred in or aggravated by active military service a diagnosis of PTSD by a mental health professional, together with a written determination that such disorder is related to the veteran's service, if consistent with the circumstances, conditions, or hardships of such service, notwithstanding that there is no official record of such incurrence or aggravation during such service. Requires the Secretary to resolve every reasonable doubt in favor of the veteran. Allows PTSD service-connection to be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence. Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to:
  1. conduct audits of examinations of veterans who submit claims for disability compensation for PTSD;
  2. update the schedule for rating disabilities with respect to PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other mental disorders;
  3. implement new PTSD criteria;
  4. implement a holistic treatment approach for veterans with PTSD; and
  5. require VA employees responsible for adjudicating disability compensation ratings to take into consideration veterans' treatment records from readjustment counseling centers and written opinions of mental health professionals.

  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability
  • Headline 2: Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability

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Democrats participating in 08-H5448

Tom Allen s1iMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Sanford Bishop s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Nancy Boyda s2oKansas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
Jerry Costello s2oIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Baron Hill s2oIndiana Democrat (until 2010) 
Mazie Hirono s2oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Steve Kagen s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
John Lewis s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Jim McGovern s2oMassachusetts Democrat 
Jerry McNerney s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Michaud s2oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Dennis Moore s2oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s2oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Grace Napolitano s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 

Republicans participating in 08-H5448

Michael Burgess s2oTexas Republican 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Robin Hayes s2oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Lee Terry s2oNebraska Republican 

Independents participating in 08-H5448

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 21
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0

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