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Nessel, attorneys general nationwide support public safety PTSD benefits

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 4, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with a bipartisan coalition of 53 attorneys general, is urging Congress to pass The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022. The legislation addresses gaps in support for public safety officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with the high-risk nature of their jobs.

In the letter, the attorneys general praise the work of public safety officers including police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians who respond to stressful and potentially traumatic situations. They are 25.6 times more likely to develop PTSD than the general public. Research shows those suffering from PTSD are at increased risk of suicide.

“This legislation provides vital support for officers and their families suffering from trauma experienced in the line of duty,” Nessel said. “Those who protect and serve deserve to know help is available. I’m proud to join this bipartisan letter with my colleagues around the country.”

This legislation:

  • Designates work-related PTSD as a “line-of duty” injury for eligible officers and those disabled from attempted suicide.
  • Allows families of officers who die by trauma-linked suicide to apply for death benefits.
  • Is also endorsed by the American Psychological Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Association of Police Organizations, Sergeants benevolent Association, National Sheriffs Association, Blue H.E.L.P, the National Border Patrol Council, and the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee.

Click on the link below to read the letter signed by Nessel and the other attorneys general.

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