Ohio senator wants troop exposures documented

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator says early documentation of military service incidents could help veterans later when they seek treatment.

Sen. Sherrod Brown is promoting legislation about creating records of exposure to events that could result in post-traumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injuries or other issues. Brown discussed the bill during a recent visit to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Dayton and in other Ohio stops.

What's called the Significant Event Tracker Act would have unit commanders document incidents, with the Defense Department sending the information to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Having the information on record could help in making medical diagnoses later.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1tTco2K ) that veterans say such records could particularly help support-unit troops or others not in regular combat units.

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