It seems during and after each war, the good folks at the Veterans Administration again and again make the same mistakes that have been made in past wars---treating too many returning soldiers and marines as "used" and, if they are not physically wounded, trying to dismiss them as malingering or having "bad conduct" when all too often they are as wounded as those who have sustained physical wounds.
This is true especially with those soldiers and marines--an estimated one in five of those deploted--who suffer from post traumatic stress disorders. The results are even more acute in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where soldiers have been deployed over and over again and less than one percent of the population of the United States who could be at war are involved in these distant and now unpopular conflicts.
"A 1990 survey of more than 90,000 Marines found those who served in combat zones and received a PTSD diagnosis were more than 11 times more likely to receive a misconduct discharge than those who did not deploy and did not have PTSD.
"There's the Catch-22: Service members who suffer combat-related PTSD are entitled to medical treatment — unless they misbehave and get kicked out of the service because they suffer from PTSD."