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May 17th

Wounded Troops Discharged for Misconduct Often Had PTSD or T.B.I.

  • Government
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  • Neuroscience

The New York Times – Three-fifths of troops discharged from the military for misconduct in recent years had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disordertraumatic brain injury or another associated condition, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, mandated by Congress, for the first time combined military medical and staffing data, as well as data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to show that tens of thousands of wounded troops were kicked out of the armed forces and severed from benefits designed to ease their transition from service in war.

“It is everything many of us believed for years” said Kristopher Goldsmith, a veteran who served in Iraq and was discharged for misconduct after a suicide attempt. He is now an assistant director for policy at Vietnam Veterans of America, a veterans advocacy group based in Washington. “Many people didn’t believe that the problem could be this big. Now I hope Congress will direct the resources to making it right.”

Read more at The New York Times.