Rep. Walz Seeks Review of 31,000 Military Discharges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota congressman wants thousands of military discharges reviewed, saying a lot of veterans may have been misdiagnosed.

Congressman Tim Walz, himself a veteran, is calling on new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review some 31,000 discharges since 2001.

Walz argues that many veterans discharged were diagnosed with a personality disorder when they should have been diagnosed as post-traumatic stress cases, qualifying them for VA medical care.

“It’s the experts’ opinion — and my opinion — that these are post-traumatic stress or other things that are involved here,” Walz said. “They’re not the same thing. Personality disorder is a lot different. And these folks did their duty and then were discharged.”

Rep. Walz Seeks Review of 31,000 Military Discharges

Walz’ bill would open up the 31,000 cases for review and give veterans a chance to make their case.

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