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Chapter 14: A misconduct discharge!

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY


A misconduct discharge can result from a pattern of minor disciplinary infractions, a serious military offense, or a conviction by civilian authorities. Common misconduct offenses include drug use and unauthorized absence. If you're thinking of trying to get out for misconduct, you're taking a big risk. Most offenses resulting in a misconduct discharge are also punishable by court-martial, and you could wind up in prison with a bad conduct or dishonorable discharge.

If your command wants to give you a misconduct discharge, the commander must first try to "rehabilitate" you--give you another chance. If the command still decides, against your will, that you should be discharged, you can challenge it. You have the right to a lawyer and to an Administrative Board hearing where you can explain your behavior or defend yourself against unfair accusations. The hearing officers and NCOs will decide if you should be discharged, and what character of discharge (Honorable, General, or Other Than Honorable conditions (OTH) to recommend. Misconduct discharges are usually Under Other Than Honorable conditions. It is proving much more effective to Misconduct route of discharge. [No benefits, no Veterans Affairs disability ratings, no educational support! You just end up with a person with no job skills, other then killing, no place to live and very angry at the world in general.

This is an introduction to a new section within I have recently learned about a new (TO ME) approach on how to get individuals out of military service when they are experiencing sever Combat Stress or the first but hidden signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And have them lose if not all, most of the benefits that were earned under combat situations!!

A Recent Example:

PTSD victim booted for ‘misconduct'! [The Bull Shit just keeps getting deeper and deeper!]

PTSD Is a Recognized Anxiety Disorder!

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders American Psychiatric Association
(Third Edition - Revised)
DSM-III-R 1981 (It has remained in the new 2000-TR4 and again 2004-TR4-RD (version)

For many years at all levels of the government but mostly from the Department of Defence or even worse was the Veterans Administration fought the recognition of PTSD as something that could be gotten in a combat environment or detrimental stressful situation. In the end a small group of Vietnam Veterans won a presentation before the American Psychiatric Association with all related information to have PTSD included in the guide for the Psychiatric Association.

This situation is even getting worse today with the use of a Chapter 14 Discharge! Military personnel who receives this type of discharge faces a lonely fight. The loss of their educational fund, they can't get medical or mental treatment from the VA, so where can they go. Well what I know to date is that these men and woman surrender to drugs for escape, which leads to the final solution, kill someone and end up in a prison, or they commit suicide. There is one more choice! It the one that many are now taking, slipping across the boarder into Mexico where they can be in a environment similar to where they left; the dirty/ dusty/ dry conditions to what they are use to Iraq or Afghanistan.

How could this happen?

Well, the best way to look at this situation is to compare the symptoms of Combat Stress/PTSD with the major charges used to dismiss them from military service.

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