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Klobuchar, Walz tout bill to restore vets benefits

Published On: Apr 01 2013 09:59:05 AM CDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Tim Walz are holding a Minneapolis press conference to discuss their legislation aimed at helping wrongly discharged military veterans restore their benefits.

The federal lawmakers are talking about their push Monday at Ramsey County Veterans Services in St. Paul where they will be joined by Minnesota Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito. They are citing a recent study that found over 31,000 U.S. veterans may have been improperly discharged for personality and adjustment disorders.

Those veterans lose the right to federal Veterans Administration benefits, even though they may be suffering from service-connected post-traumatic stress disorders. Klobuchar and Walz say their legislation is aimed at correcting those errors and preventing future misdiagnoses.

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