A new bill proposed in February is attempting to amend the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act and would provide increased aid for first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If passed, supporters insist it will make an array of resources for first responders more available and - in turn - help save lives.
For the first responders on the scene of the Newtown shooting last month, there may be options to pursue workers' compensation due to post-traumatic stress disorder. A state Senator and U.S. Army veteran addressed the need to include post-traumatic stress disorder in the workers' compensation laws. She told the Associated Press that there have recently been moves to care of returning veterans who are suffering as a result of their service, but at current, there are not provisions in the law for workers' compensation.