Report: Combat Troop Discharges Increase Sharply

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An investigation has found that the number of soldiers discharged from the Army for misconduct has risen to its highest rate in recent times, and some are wounded combat troops who've lost their medical care and other veterans benefits because of other-than-honorable discharges.

The Gazette investigation based on Army data found that annual misconduct discharges have increased more than 25 percent Army-wide since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded. Among combat troops, the increase is especially sharp.

Total discharges at the eight Army posts that house most of the service's combat units have increased 67 percent since 2009. Those figures include soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

The newspaper reports soldiers were sometimes cut loose for minor offenses the Army acknowledges can be symptoms of TBI and PTSD.

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