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However, Rep. John Hall, New York Democrat and chairman of the Veterans subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs, led a separate roundtable with veterans’ organizations who questioned whether diagnosis should be limited to VA doctors and what factors are the cause or trigger of PTSD.

“When we send troops into combat zones, every moment of every day is not documented,” Mr. Hall said. “So when the veteran files a claim for PTSD, the stressors are not always easy to verify, which has resulted in too many of our combat veterans being denied an earned benefit.”

Added Mr. Filner: “America owes its combat veterans a debt of gratitude, not loopholes and hurdles.”