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Trauma tracking system proposed to help vets with war-related injuries

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Recent focus on the growing scandal surrounding Veterans Affairs facilities, is raising questions about how we care for the men and women who return home from war.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing for new legislation that would require the Department of Defense to have military leaders document and track war-related injuries and exposure to significant events, like a roadside bombing.

Brown believes the Significant Event Tracker (SET) would make it easier for veterans with war-related injuries to claim benefits.

"We want them to be able to focus on their recovery, so we need this information in their medical records, when they're going to the VA," Brown said.

Brown stopped by the VFW Post #3538 Thursday to drum up support for the trauma tracking proposal. He was joined by Youngstown State University student Anthony Kennedy, a veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder every day.

"There are injuries that are in my mind that will never go away," Kennedy said.

Kennedy finds comfort through group therapy and his service dog Lolo.

Nearly 300,000 American veterans suffer from PTSD and Kennedy admits it hasn't been easy for his fellow soldiers to find the support they need.

"I could not track everything, I could not write everything down and I know for a fact that some of my soldiers took part in things and did things that were not tracked," Kennedy says.

Veterans are required to provide documentation when they seek medical care, compensation or disability claims.

Brown says the tracker system would ensure that unit commanders document events that could be referred back to when claims are reviewed.


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