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Arizona Officer's Widow Grateful for New PTSD Law for First Responders

July 20, 2018  | 

The widow of Craig Tiger — a Phoenix police officer who had been diagnosed with PTSD before dying by suicide — told reporters that she "is grateful for the new law that will help other first responders across the state have better access to mental professionals," according to

Rebecca Tiger held back tears as she said, "Craig's death was not in vain. I wanted something positive to come out of his death."

Dubbed the "Officer Craig Tiger Act," the new law expands the number of counseling visits first responders can make, allows employees to receive compensation for time spent at counseling, and restores leave time used.

The law allows police officers, corrections officers, probation officers and firefighters suffering from job-related PTSD up to 36 covered licensed counseling sessions.

The law goes into effect on August 1, 2018.

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