At the height of the Iraq war, the Army routinely fired hundreds of soldiers for having a personality disorder when they were more likely suffering from the traumatic stresses of war. The Army later acknowledged the error and cut the number of soldiers given the designation. Unlike PTSD, which the Army regards as a treatable mental disability caused by the acute stresses of war, the military designation of a personality disorder is considered a “pre-existing condition” that relieves the military of its duty to pay for the person’s health care or combat-related disability pay.
There are an unknown number of troops that still unfairly bear the stigma of a personality disorder, making them ineligible for military health care and other benefits.
According to figures provided by the Army, the service discharged about a 1,000 soldiers a year from 2005 to 2007 for having a personality disorder.
Were you wrongly discharged? Are you carrying “the stigma” and unable to access your benefits?