Veterans’ Advocate Says Some Veterans With Mental Health Disorders Have Been Discharged For Misconduc

In the US News & World Report (12/18) “Policy Dose” blog, Kristine A. Huskey, director of the Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic and a professor at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, writes that for the past six year, some “22,000 post-9/11 service members have been discharged for misconduct even though they were diagnosed with or exhibited signs of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety disorder or other mental health illnesses,” despite the fact that Congress passed a law in 2009 “to prevent such discharges from occurring.” According to Huskey, “it is easier to discharge a soldier for misconduct than to evaluate them for conditions that may warrant a medical discharge with attached benefits…”

Related Links:

— “A Dishonorable Discharge Process,” Kristine A. Huskey, US News & World Report, December 17, 2015.

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