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Walz Bill Will Work to Right Wrong for Misdiagnosed Veterans

A new House bill introduced by Congressman Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) calls for a review of the records of 31,000 veterans who may have been improperly discharged. Protect Our Defenders Advocacy Board Member Jenny McClendon is mentioned in his office’s press release:

Disturbingly, records show the personality disorder diagnosis is being used disproportionately on women. Recent reports show a pattern of the military using psychiatric diagnoses to discharge women who report sexual assaults. An estimated 20,000 servicemembers were sexually assaulted in 2011 alone. “I was diagnosed with a personality disorder for failing to adjust adequately to being raped,” said Former Petty Officer 3rd Class, Jenny McClendon.

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