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Posted by on Mar 27, 2007 in At TMV | 7 comments

Soldiers Being Tricked Out Of Military Benefits?

Sounds ridiculous, but it’s reportedly happening to our brave men and women with preexisting “personality disorders.”

Eventually the rocket shrapnel was removed from Town’s neck and his ears stopped leaking blood. But his hearing never really recovered, and in many ways, neither has his life. A soldier honored twelve times during his seven years in uniform, Town has spent the last three struggling with deafness, memory failure and depression. By September 2006 he and the Army agreed he was no longer combat-ready.

But instead of sending Town to a medical board and discharging him because of his injuries, doctors at Fort Carson, Colorado, did something strange: They claimed Town’s wounds were actually caused by a “personality disorder.� Town was then booted from the Army and told that under a personality disorder discharge, he would never receive disability or medical benefits.

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  • egrubs

    I can only hope this isn’t true.

    I can think of no reason to justify my hope.

  • domajot

    This is a bad dream.
    I want to wake up.

  • Sam

    You really have to wonder how some people sleep at night.

  • Entropy

    If this is true, he needs to call his congressional representatives yesterday. I hope it’s some mistake.

  • DLS

    The VA has played games with several veterans, not enrolling them so they would get VA benefits.

    Specifically, the VA is not enrolling any new priority 8 veterans, who are have income and net worth above the “Geographic Means Test Threshold” (i.e., they fail a means test).

    Q: What happens if a veteran loses his/her enrollment status through no fault of his/her own (e.g. such as an enrollment decision that would further restrict access to certain Priority Groups)?

    A: The veteran would be able to join a Medicare plan without penalty if he/she signs up within 62 days of loss of such enrollment status.

    Q: What happens if a veteran is disenrolled and no longer has access to the VA medical benefits package, which includes prescription drugs?

    A: Although

    => VA is not enrolling any new veterans in priority category 8,

  • DLS

    “TMV” doesn’t like leftward pointing arrows…

    The remainder of the VA story is — the VA since 2003 hasn’t been enrolling new Priority Category 8 veterans, those who fail the agency’s means test.

  • domajot

    Another day, another scandal, another day for hearings and investigations. I’ve written my representatives and can only hope they will take their eyes away from electioneering long enough to read my E-mail.

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