AZ lawmakers debate whether worker's comp should include PTSD

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The issue of PTSD among firefighters and law enforcement officers has been brought to the center stage by the suicide of former Phoenix police Officer Craig Tiger. By Catherine Holland The issue of PTSD among firefighters and law enforcement officers has been brought to the center stage by the suicide of former Phoenix police Officer Craig Tiger. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Arizona lawmakers Wednesday morning will debate a bill to expand workman's compensation benefits for firefighters and police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Senate Bill 1443, in a nutshell, would add PTSD as a personal injury that could be covered by workman's comp for firefighters and peace officers.

The issue of PTSD among firefighters and law enforcement officers has been brought to the center stage by the suicide of former Phoenix police Officer Craig Tiger.

Tiger was arrested for driving under the influence on the one-year anniversary of his involvement in a fatal on-duty shooting.

Tiger was diagnosed with PTSD after that.

He was fired in June of 2013.

Tiger's ex-wife, Rebecca Tiger, was scheduled to testify Wednesday in front of state lawmakers.

Rebecca Tiger is also a veteran Phoenix police officer and said she believes her ex-husband's drinking problem was a symptom of his PTSD and his condition should have been treated as an on-duty injury.

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