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- The veteran had to associate a specific experience with symptoms -- something many complained was impossible to do.
- Studies confirm Gulf War vets suffer disproportionately from PTSD and other psychiatric illnesses.
- VA estimates that more than 400,000 vets are currently receiving PTSD compensation.
- Research estimated about 18.5% of the U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan show signs of either PTSD or depression.

U.S. makes it easier for veterans to claim stress
(Reuters) - The U.S. Veterans Affairs department published new rules on Monday meant to make it easier for veterans seeking treatment and financial support for post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.