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Personality Disorder – Not PTSD says Military

Pre-existing “maladaptive pattern

of behavior of long duration”

Code words for “soldier, the US had decided to screw you over,” a diagnosis shared by more than 22,500 service men and women.   It means that, according to the military, they had a personality disorder before they entered the army, so the PTSD everybody else thinks they have is not going to be treated by the military and the disability pension you so rightly deserve as a military hero is just not in the cards.     

Nah, that rocket shell that exploded two feet above your head, that bomb that went off under your buddy’s vehicle, that bullet that put a crease in your helment – nothing to do with your symptoms at all.   You had all that before you went into the army son.

No matter that you were able to work before you went in, no matter that no one at your old school and old job, nor in the recruitment office, nor during your extensive medical and mental exam noticed.  No matter that now you can’t function in your family, can’t hold a job, can’t even make conversation, can’t sleep, and can’t stand loud noises.   You had this before, buddy.  Our two hour exit exam where we spent half of it calming you down after that book fell off the table, is proof that you had this maladaptive pattern before you came into the service.  PTSD?  Not for you.  Disability?  Not for you.   Treatment?  Not for you.  Scram, we are done with you, hero or not.  

“Chapter 5-13” — “separation because of personality disorder.”  is a diagnosis that means the soldier will be discharged due to a pre-existing “maladaptive pattern of behavior of long duration” that interferes with the soldier’s ability to perform his duties.  No military pension and no treatment is deserved for this hero or any of the other 22,500 heroes similarly classified.

It is a convienient way for the military to get rid of a service man or woman that is disruptive or perhaps non-responsive or otherwise not suitable for service in the military’s eyes, or just a way to get them out sooner, or just “cause I don’t like the SOB”.  However, it is a bit too convienient when applied to injuries suffered in combat and not brought with them from off the streets.

Service men and women go through rigorous mental and physical testing before they come in.  Either it was not present or the military chose to ignore it just to get another warm body.    Either way, it should become the military’s responsibility then to cope with it or to treat it and if a discharge is warranted, to continue to treat it. 

According to ABC news:

Donald Louis Schmidt of Chillicothe, Ill., was being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder after his second combat tour in Iraq. His commanders at Fort Carson later decided he was no longer mentally fit and discharged him with personality disorder.

“They just slapped me with that label to get me out quicker,” Schmidt said. He said superiors told him “‘Everything will be great. Peachy keen.’ Well, it’s not.”

The discharge left Schmidt ineligible for disability pay and benefits. He was also required to return more than $10,000 of his $15,000 reenlistment bonus, but he said no one explained that to him until it was too late.

“If I didn’t have family, I’d be living on the sidewalk,” Schmidt said.

We have too many Heroes on the sidewalk now! 

  Oldtimer

 

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DoD Disability Evaluation System

DoD Disability Evaluation System

  DoD Disability Evaluation ChartPhysical Evaluation Board Chart

NOTE: The above information came from The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes, Report to the President, Appendix C

 

VA Health Enrollment Process

VA Health Enrollment Process

This HEALTH ENROLLMENT process map addresses such questions as how does a veteran enroll with VA for medical care and how much time is required for each step?

The enrollment process in this chart is for veterans who are new to VA and represents the critical path at a high level. The associated times are estimated and may fluctuate depending on the time the application entered the enrollment system and the volume of activity in the system. The goal is to send the letter to the veteran in 7 days, but it could range to 10 days. The health enrollment process consists of the following steps.

VA Health Enrollment Chart

 VA Health Enrollment Process Chart

1. The veteran may apply for enrollment in person at a VA health care facility, by mail, or by completing an on-line application. VHA uses the military service, demographic and, as applicable, financial information collected on the application form as the basis for determining whether the veteran qualifies for VA health care benefits.

2. The local VA health care facility receives the application for enrollment and intake staff enters the data into the Veterans Integrated System Technology Architect (VistA). VistA automatically queries the Master Patient Index (MPI) to determine if a record has already been established, if not it uniquely identifies the veteran record.  At this time, the intake staff may also query VBA for compensation and pension and/or known military status information. Typically, the veteran is provided a preliminary eligibility determination at the conclusion of an in-person application for enrollment.

3. VistA transmits the veteran data to the Eligibility and Enrollment System (national system).

4. The Eligibility and Enrollment System establishes the veteran record and queries the SSA to verify the veteran’s SSN. Note: SSN verification does not occur in real time and is not on the critical path.

5. The Enrollment System queries VBA to reconfirm the compensation and pension and/or military status. Currently, this is done in a batch mode, however, when VHA deploys Enrollment System Redesign (ESR), the Enrollment System will immediately trigger a query to VBA; as a result the cycle time, noted above, for the enrollment process will be reduced by another day.
 
6. The Enrollment System verifies the veteran’s enrollment eligibility and shares this data with VistA (at the local level). Note: If the Enrollment System is unable to verify eligibility, then the system sends the local VA Medical Center a bulletin to alert them to take further action (i.e. confirm whether the veteran has qualifying military service). The Enrollment System establishes an enrollment record upon transmission of verifying data by the local station.

7. The Enrollment System produces the letter to the veteran with the official enrollment determination.

8. The veteran receives the letter from VA telling him or her about their eligibility and enrollment determination.

NOTE: The above information came from The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes, Report to the President, Appendix C