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Veterans get mixed decision about mental health care from SF judge

June 25, 2008 |  5:34 pm

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled today that the Department of Veterans Affairs has not systematically denied mental health care to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or unreasonably weighed down the benefits system, adding such grievances should be addressed by Congress or the secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“The court can find no systemic violations system-wide that would compel district court intervention,” Judge Samuel Conti wrote.

Conti found that individual members would have standing to sue. “Given the dire consequences many of these veterans face without timely receipt of benefits or prompt treatment for medical conditions, especially depression and PTSD, these injuries are anything but conjectural or hypothetical,” he wrote.

--Jia-Rui Chong