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Personality disorder used to discharge soldiers, strip them of benefits

A report by Joshua Kors in The Nation explores the Army's fraudulent use of personality disorder diagnoses to discharge soldiers, thus stripping them of their disability benefits and long term medical care. The article details the case of Chuck Luther who suffered a concussion during a mortar attack in May 2007. After reporting his symptoms, his doctor claimed he was fabricating symptoms to avoid reconnaissance duty and eventually diagnosed him with personality disorder. In the past three years, at least two dozen other have been similarly discharged and denied benefits. "According to figures from the Pentagon and a Harvard University study, the military is saving billions by discharging soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan with personality disorder."

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