Every night when I get home, I listen to what my husband deals with day-in and day-out. As the spouse of a first responder, I have heard stories of the intense psychological trauma that first responders are exposed to on a daily basis. Sadly, this trauma doesn’t just go away. Rather it builds up and becomes a Post Traumatic Stress Injury.
Just like any physical injury, these injuries can become overwhelming if not treated. Unfortunately, under previous laws, first responders could not receive workers compensation for a psychological injury if it did not have an accompanying physical injury. This built up stress creates an environment where first responders aren’t able to do their job to the fullest potential. It is heartbreaking that we as a community were not doing everything we can to give back to those who protect us. That is why, after a year of hard work, I am excited to announce that the Idaho Legislature has passed a law allowing first responders to be compensated for the psychological trauma that they are exposed to on a daily basis. I firmly believe that this is a necessary step to making our communities a better place and protecting those who protect us.