GAO: Veterans discharged for misconduct need better mental health evaluations

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Three out of every five service members in the armed forces discharged for misconduct had mental health issues like post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other "adjustment" issues like drinking, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Because those service members did not receive an honorable discharge – sometimes called a "bad paper" discharge – they could lose out on health benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs or on education benefits from the GI bill.

The study by the GAO looked at four years worth of data in reaching its conclusion. The study also found gaps in how soldiers, sailors and Marines are evaluated for mental health issues — if they're evaluated at all — near the time of their  Continued

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