With new bill, NH leads on coping with first responder PTSD
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New Hampshire on Tuesday joined a small number of states that recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a work-related injury for first responders.
Gov. Chris Sununu said it took a lot of work by lawmakers and stakeholders to include PTSD under the workers’ compensation law for all police officers, firefighters and ambulance staff.
“This was not easy to do. It’s a big step forward, not only for New Hampshire but it could be a model for the rest of the country,” said Sununu, who was flanked by dozens of uniformed officers as he signed the bill at the Manchester Central Fire Station.