Proposed bill aimed at protecting injured vets

Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 21:51:20-05

A side effect of defending our freedom could be costing thousands of U.S. troops their jobs, according to Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman and other lawmakers.

Coffman is behind a bill called the Fairness for Veterans Act. He wants to protect service members who he believes are being kicked out of their jobs for the very wounds they got doing them.

Coffman said people with medical histories of PTSD and traumatic brain injury, who should be medically retired or kept in for treatment and rehabilitation, are being discharged.

According to Coffman, it is often because of behavior linked to PTSD, like being late to formation or absent without leave.

He goes on to say veterans with less-than-honorable discharges may not have access to healthcare and benefits they need.

A combat vet, Coffman knows the horrors of war, and he wants to ensure they get the help when they need it.

The measure has bipartisan support, but as it stands, about 22 veterans take their lives every day.

Click here to learn more about the proposed bill.