“Personality Disorder”: A Deliberate Misdiagnosis To Avoid Veterans’ Health Care Costs!
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee finds that veterans given a Personality Disorder diagnosis by the military are unduly prejudiced when they seek VA health care and benefits
Service members discharged due to a Personality Disorder, rather than PTSD or some other mental health condition, are generally not provided military disability benefits because the military classifies Personality Disorders as existing prior to entry into military service. The service member must show that his prior existing condition was aggravated or worsened by military service which is difficult to do. Service members can seek veterans’ disability benefits, but again they must show that their condition was aggravated by military service.
“Providing veterans with the correct medical diagnosis is important for a variety of reasons, ranging from receiving proper treatment to eligibility for military and veterans benefits,” said Chairman Filner. “My concern is that this country is regressing and again ignoring the legitimate claims of PTSD in favor of the time and money saving diagnosis of Personality Disorder. I am not satisfied with the standards by which the VA accepts or denies disability claims from our veterans diagnosed with Personality Disorders.”
Joshua Kors, a
journalist that been reporting on Personality Disorder for the last ten months,
stated that a Personality Disorder discharge is a “contradiction in terms.
Recruits who have a severe, pre-existing condition like a Personality Disorder
do not pass the rigorous screening process and are not accepted into the Army. Kors interviewed
soldiers that passed the first screening and were accepted into the Army. “They
were deemed physically and psychologically fit in a second screening as well,
before being deployed to
The committee also reviewed the recent
report by the
“The nation’s veterans’ health
care system is strained to the breaking point,” said Chairman Filner. “The
Participants in the full committee hearing included: Colonel Bruce Crow, chief of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center and clinical psychology consultant to the Army surgeon general; Jason Forrester, director of policy for Veterans for America; veteran Jonathan Town; journalist Joshua Kors; Paul Sullivan, executive director for Veterans for Common Sense; psychologist Tracie Shea, Ph.D. from the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Providence, RI; Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., member of the Committee on Veterans’ Compensation for PTSD at the Institute of Medicine; Sally Satel, M.D., resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Ira R. Katz, MD, Ph.D from the Mental Health Veterans Health Administration at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Daniel M. Ortiz
Department Service Director
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
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