The VA has contracted with the Institute of Medicine, a component of the National Academy of Sciences, to conduct a sweeping reexamination, not only of all medical and scientific literature on PTSD to date, but on issues related to PTSD's "treatment, prognosis, and compensation." Such an initiative, given how much remains to be learned about PTSD, may be timely as long as objective science holds sway over politically motivated cost-cutting. At the same time, the VA initiative threatens to second guess, and potentially delegitimize, the long-standing authority of the American Psychiatric Association, under whose aegis PTSD research and treatment has been studied and advanced for more than a quarter century.
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.