Vets Have Due Process Right To Mental Care: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 11, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that veterans have a constitutional right to mental health care and timely decisions on other benefits claims, giving plaintiffs a boost in a class action centered on delayed treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a 2-1 partial reversal, the Ninth Circuit ruled that veterans have a “towering interest” in avoiding delays of mental health treatment, pointing out that many men and women who have served in the U.S. military commit suicide while waiting for care.

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