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Opening Statement of Hon. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a Representative in Congress from the State of South Dakota

Thank you Chairman Filner for holding this hearing to review assertions that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder claims are being misclassified as pre-existing personality disorders and also to review the May 7, 2007, report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council on the Department of Veterans' Affairs PTSD disability rating system.

I also would like to thank all of today’s witnesses. I look forward to hearing your testimony.

Like the rest of my colleagues on this committee, lam committed to the quality health care that our servicemembers and veterans deserve and were promised, including honest and fair medical evaluation and treatment.

Mr. Chairman, thank you again for holding this hearing. I look forward to working with you to resolve these problems and other problems associated with the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Department of Defense's PTSD disability rating systems.