Now this is the American side of things. The Australian side of things is actually quite similar, though Vet Affairs simply makes it so difficult to get compensation for many, they merely give up and go about their lives. VA do this basically by the problems you have when leaving the military. For example, if a soldier is discharge medically for PTSD, but also has a bad back, bad knees, etc etc, when you go and claim under VA, they will tie you up in red tape for years under the premise that your ability to work again is not because of PTSD, but because of your other sustained injuries. Now they know that is wrong, but its another avenue for them to hope the claimant simply gives up and goes away, thus not having to put another on lifetime gratuities.