Darcie Couture’s Battle of a Lifetime

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On the Tuesday Midcoast Morning Buzz at 7:35, Brunswick resident Darcie Couture shared a story of struggle.

Darcie’s husband Scott, served in the Marine Patrol for over 15 years and, during that time experienced increasingly serious post-traumatic stress stemming from his service in Iraq. After a while he became unable to work but was denied disability retirement benefits after a particularly unpleasant hearing process even though the VA had determined that he had a service-connected disability.

After Scott lost his final appeal, Darcie eventually connected with Rep. Seth Berry, who has submitted a measure that would change the law so that, in future cases a VA determination of a service-connected disability would automatically qualify a public employee for benefits.