As we saw in the infamous e-mail from the Waco VAMC, when Dr.Perez had advised providers to diagnose Personality Disorder rather than PTSD, which was to save VA money. At the same time we discovered the Army was doing similar actions.
Well sad as it may be, I see the issue cropping up again. I am not going to reveal all of my information in this inital article, but will reveal more as the facts are developed.
I have read progress notes on at least two highly decorated veterans, who meet all of the the critera as stated by the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV TR. Those diagnoses which indicated dysthymia and stated PTSD was not a factor.
I have read in a veterans progress notes, where the over 10 year diagnosis of PTSD has been changed to dysthymia and VARO notified of the change. The veteran has been rated 50% due to PTSD since 2001, a possible financial tragedy for the veterans family. The initial diagnosis was made by a now retired former team leader in the PTSD Clinic.
There are several issues involved that will be made available when facts are sorted from rumor.