January 28, 2012
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration failed to provide effective remedies for the mental health issues suffered by the majority of young men and women in uniform who have fought for their country in two wars since 9/11.
The DOD and the VA misjudged the impact of post traumatic stress disorder on the majority of troops who served in both combat theaters, estimated to be more than a million men and women.
The DOD's decision to discharge soldiers suffering from PTSD with a "personality disorder" designation prevents service members from receiving disability compensation or medical benefits upon separation from active duty. Personality disorders are considered a pre-existing condition. The Vietnam Veterans of America filed a federal lawsuit last year demanding records for 26,000 veterans who it says were "wrongfully discharged" for personality disorders.