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Resource ID: #25932
Subject: Mental Health
Source: Seattle Times
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Date: August 10, 11, 2012; September 7, 10, 2012

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According to Defense Department records, more than 20,000 soldiers and Marines were booted from the military between 2008 and 2011 with other-than-honorable discharges. Current federal law says these former service members -- even if they suffer from the mental or physical wounds of war -- lose their automatic right to veterans' medical benefits. Those include Jarrid Starks of Salem, Oregon. He was kicked out of the Army with little more than a 90 day supply of pills to kept him stable. He appealed his case to the Veterans' Administration. Our reporting showed it can take more than a year for the agency to come up with an answer for these troubled veterans.

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