16.10.2011 18.Tischrei. 5772 Chol Hamo'ed 2
There has been strong criticism voiced by former prisoners of war who claim they had not been able to get approval for post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms which emerged, sometimes decades after being freed.
The Defense Ministry has decided to recognize former IDF prisoners of war as having suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and as a result they will no longer have to undergo exams to ascertain their condition. However, they will still be required to appear before a medical committee which will determine the degree to which they are entitled to handicap benefits.
This new decision will also apply for Gilad Shalit upon his expected return to Israel on Tuesday….