Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Personality Disorder Really?

Jim Fausone
Veterans Disability Lawyer

The military is about fitting in, not being different. Some men who join up just seem to take longer to fit in. The enlisted corp requires you to fit in fast or be labeled as unfit or something worse. You could get labeled with a personality-related diagnoses which are considered pre-existing conditions by the Department of Defense.

The data showed that 31,000 servicemembers were discharged from 2001 to 2010 because of personality disorders, a group of disorders in which a person’s behaviors and thoughts differ from their culture’s expectations, causing work and relationship problems. A recent GAO report indicates that DOD is slow to get it right about servicemen who do not fit in - do they have a pre-existing condition or a disability like PTSD or TBI. As the spotlight remains on the DOD to treat servicemen and women properly, we can only hope the 31,000 improperly discharged get the help to put their lives back in order.

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