Anyone who read our recent
story about the rash of personality disorder discharges in
the U.S. military will wonder at this Bush veto.
The $686-billion National Defense Authorization Bill, HR 1585, would have addressed many needs in the veterans community, including pay raises for servicemembers and increased benefits for those who have returned.
It also would have eliminated the practice of "personality disorder" discharges until an investigation into the practice had been completed by the GAO.
It is estimated that more than 22,000 veterans have been discharged from the military for preexisting mental conditions in the last six years. Many of these have also seen combat or incurred battle wounds along the way. Still, most are stranded without access to the VA. One of the worst cases of obvious injustice was chronicled by Johua Kors early this year.
Jaded vets and cynics alike wonder how so many allegedly crazy folks got through the military's screenings in the first place.
While the bill blasted through the House, 370-49, and eased through the Senate, 90-3, Bush killed it with a veto December 28, while you were sleeping off your eggnog.
According to Congressional Quarterly, Bush