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Wed May 17, 2017, 06:24 AM

DoD may have improperly booted thousands of troops with mental health conditions

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/gao-report-bad-paper-dod-discharges

Report: DoD may have improperly booted thousands of troops with mental health conditions

By: Leo Shane III, May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Nearly one in four troops booted ​for misconduct over a five-year period received other-than-honorable dismissals despite evidence of existing mental health conditions that may have warranted other considerations, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday. The findings cover nearly 92,000 service members separated for misconduct from fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015. Investigators found that of those, more than 57,000 (about 62 percent) suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health conditions. Despite that, almost one-quarter of that group was given other-than-honorable discharges, making them ineligible for certain health benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GAO researchers said that existing screening and counseling policies do provide protections against improper dismissals, but also criticized Air Force and Navy offices for failing to follow those policies.

The report, mandated by Congress in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, is the result of a two-year investigation and comes as VA officials work to expand health offerings to veterans ineligible for traditional services, in light of high suicide numbers among vulnerable veterans. It also reinforces complaints by veterans advocates that military officials haven’t been careful enough in pushing problem troops out of the ranks, ignoring underlying problems connected to their military service.
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The full GAO report is available on the agency’s web site.

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Wed May 17, 2017, 12:46 PM

2. kick 4 visibility

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Thu May 18, 2017, 05:33 PM

3. I wonder what policy's or guidelines that led to such high numbers

How could they not factor in PTSD, or brain injuries?

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Wed Aug 30, 2017, 12:59 PM

4. Things were different when I served.

 

05,31,1963-05,29,1967. When I started to have mental health issues in 1966, I lost my clearance, but all they did to me is transfer me to an interrogation unit at Fort Meade. I did not have a job, but had to be at the psych's, the gym or the library during the day. I received an honorable discharge. I started to use the VA health system in 1995. I did meet a woman a few weeks ago at the Wilmington NC clinic. She was trying to get veterans with other than honorable discharges VA health. Most of the veterans she works with have had multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. When did this change take place? It is so wrong.

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