Discharged Veterans Push For Bill Mandating Recognition Of Undiagnosed PTSD

In a 1,200-word article, the New York Times (2/22, A9, Philipps, Subscription Publication) reports that over the past 15 years, “more than 300,000 people, about 13 percent of all troops,” many with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), “have been forced out of the military with less-than-honorable discharges.”

Congress has since implemented changes, including a requirement for “mental health professionals to review all discharges,” and these days, soldiers “with PTSD are more likely to be medically discharged with benefits.” Such measures have not remedied the situation for veterans “discharged before the changes,” however.

Some veterans are now “pushing for a bill in Congress that would overhaul the system by mandating that the military give veterans the benefit of the doubt, requiring the boards to decide cases starting from the presumption that PTSD materially contributed to the discharges.”

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— “Veterans Want Past Discharges to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress,” Dave Philipps, New York Times, February 19, 2016.

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