More than three of every five troops dismissed from service for misconduct from 2011-2015 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, drinking or other adjustment-related issues.
Stress from repeated deployments and brain injuries from improvised explosive devices have affected hundreds of thousands of troops
A quarter of more than 57 thousand of those troops received an other than honorable discharge, potentially disqualifying them for health benefits from the V.A.
The GAO study also found the Air Force and Navy failed to comply with Defense Department policies on screening troops for PTSD and traumatic brain injury before discharging them
The Pentagon agrees the Air Force and Navy need to comply with policy.
The Defense Department also says the statistics aren't accurate and the number of troops affected is greatly exaggerated.
GAO investigators also found evidence some marines and soldiers may not have been counseled they jeopardized their V.A. benefits by accepting a discharge rather than facing court martial.
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