- Report notes those discharged for misconduct are not entitled to health benefits from Veterans Affairs
- Pentagon concurs with several suggestions offered in a report by the GAO
(CNN)Thousands of US service members with serious health conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, mental health disorders or substance abuse have been discharged for misconduct in recent years, a new government watchdog report found.
- The Navy doesn't require a medical examination for certain service members to assess whether PTSD or TBI diagnosis is a factor in the person's alleged misconduct.
- The Army and Marine Corps may not follow their own policies related to PTSD and TBI. The GAO reviewed 48 sample separation packets and found that 18 of them didn't have documentation that the service member had been screened for PTSD.