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Updated: August 31, 2013 6:32AM



There’s an ever-growing population of veterans from all eras with severe, untreated mental disabilities, especially post-traumatic stress disorder. Most of the out-of-control veterans who committed some kind of misconduct while in uniform ended up with an “other than honorable” military discharge.

In 1958, Congress passed laws that force the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant benefits to these vets under an “insanity exception,” but veterans are rarely told of this when they ask for help.

Veterans don’t know that they should ask for a “character of service determination” and submit a psychological evaluation, explaining that they were suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the misconduct. They can then gain full benefits.

Our objective should be to get these disabled veterans the treatment and housing they so desperately need.

Raymond Parrish

Chicago



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