Hundreds of PTSD soldiers likely misdiagnosed

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Hundreds of PTSD soldiers likely misdiagnosed

By ANNE FLAHERTY

Associated Press

POSTED: 06:41 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — 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, discharge data suggests.

Under pressure from Congress and the public, the Army later acknowledged the problem and drastically cut the number of soldiers given the designation. But advocates for veterans say an unknown number of troops still unfairly bear the stigma of a personality disorder, making them ineligible for military health care and other benefits.

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