Deployed Civilians Can’t Get Worker’s Comp — and That’s Bad News for a Military that Depends on Them
Thanks to a legal double standard, a civilian injured or sickened in a warzone has an impossible burden of proof. It seems ill-advised to make working for the U.S. Defense Department less attractive during a war for talent, so it’s time to fix a particular legal double standard. Most DoD applicants are informed of the possibility of hazardous working conditions, especially overseas. Few are aware that if they become ill or injured while deployed, their subsequent quest to receive care, compensation, and benefits will require them to provide proof that the law says is impossible to obtain.