TITLE

A "CATCH-22" FOR MENTALLY-ILL MILITARY DEFENDANTS: PLEA-BARGAINING AWAY MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS

AUTHOR(S)
BAEHR-JONES, VANESSA
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Military Law Review;Summer2010, Vol. 204, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article explores the function of the sanity board in precluding mentally-ill veterans in the U.S. from eligibility for exceptions to obtain treatment. The decision of the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) regarding veterans benefits depends on the recommendation of the sanity board. A sanity board is requested by a defense counsel when the soldier being accused has mental problems. However, the accused faced a problem when the sanity board finds that the soldier was not insane during the time the offense was made. Several factors that contribute to the creation of a Catch 22 for mentally-ill service members, include common post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that lead to violent behavior and delayed-onset PTSD.
ACCESSION #
54587486

 

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