Thank God someone has finally lifted the curtain on the appalling practice of tagging injured veterans with “personality disorder” to avoid giving them VA care. The unconscionable, revolting, self-serving weasel words from the military bureaucrats make one’s blood boil [Joshua Kors, “How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits,” April 9]. How do we get this to the larger stage? It needs to be exposed as a massive scandal. Any decent person would share my reaction: white-hot rage.
I was so sickened by Joshua Kors’s article that I had nightmares.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
How ironic that our soldiers are being cheated out of their military benefits and healthcare with the use of a specious diagnosis of personality disorder. Their Commander in Chief suffers from a classic case (DSM-IV-TR criteria for antisocial personality disorder: disregard for the rule of law, lying, impulsive behavior, hostility, financial irresponsibility, reckless disregard for safety and lack of remorse), but this doesn’t seem to disqualify him from anything.
REBECCA HATTON, PsyD
I’m thinking, since it’s obvious that our President suffers from personality disorder, and since (most of) the voters were not aware of this condition when he was elected, it would be appropriate to strip him of his job, his insurance and his benefits. He should also be required to use his elite family’s bank accounts to reimburse the country the billions he has stolen from it, including Specialist Town’s $15,000. A couple of years in a cage with a hood over his head listening to the Dixie Chicks turned up to 11 would be nice, too.
What personality disorders are these VA and Army doctors diagnosing? Each disorder has different diagnostic criteria. Borderline personality disorder? Paranoid personality disorder? Antisocial personality disorder? Narcissistic personality disorder? Schizotypal personality disorder? It is not possible for any reputable psychiatrist to diagnose a person with “personality disorder” as such.
To blame a combat veteran’s posttraumatic stress symptoms on a pre-existing “personality disorder” is as logical as blaming the traumatic amputations of a veteran’s limbs on the pre-existing condition of being made of flesh that is susceptible to penetration by shrapnel and explosives.
ALFORD S. KARAYUSUF