AG signals Kansas’ support for federal legislation to support public safety officers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt has signaled Kansas’ support for federal legislation that would better support public safety officers who suffer from PTSD.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says on Tuesday, April 26, he urged U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would address gaps in support for public safety officers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the high-risk nature of their jobs.

In a letter sent to House and Senate leadership, AG Schmidt said a bipartisan coalition of 53 state and territory attorneys general asked Congress to pass S. 3635, the Public Safety Officer Support Act.

Schmidt said the legislation would support public safety officers who suffer from PTSD by designating work-related PTSD as a “line of duty” injury for eligible officers and those disabled from attempted suicide. He also said it would allow families of officers who die by trauma-linked suicide to apply for death benefits.

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