10/11/07 Personality Disorder

Today we’re going to return to a topic we’ve been covering since the story broke, and that’s the case of wounded soldiers being discharged from the Army under Chapter 5-13 “Personality Disorder.”  This enables the Army to avoid paying medical and disability benefits for these soldiers.  It was being applied despite the fact that these men passed the Army’s rigorous psychological entrance examinations and displayed no prior evidence of mental disorders.  Joshua Kors from The Nation is the one who broke this story (the original article is here,  and he’s back with an update, which you can read here.  We’ll also be joined by Congressman Phil Harefrom Illinois, who has introduced legislation to stop this kind of discharge, and from Congressman Bob Filner from California, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

We’ll also have a statement from the Army.  They declined to come on live. You can read their statement here.  You can also read the statement they sent us on March 27, 2007 here.

-Jessica

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