It's one of the invisible wounds of war: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's been documented and diagnosed in past wars, but is it being under-diagnosed in our current returning warriors?
The Vietnam Veterans of America believe so and they filed a federal lawsuit to gather information to back up their suspicions. They believe these vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning from the battlefield with scars no one could see, but are mislabeled as having a personality disorder instead of PTSD. Personality Disorder discharge does not come with benefits, but PTSD does.
While not literal, the VVA believes many of those who served in recent combat may be facing a form of "dishonorable" discharge.
Right now, all branches of service are under fire and are re-evaluating how they diagnose PTSD thanks to some devoted veterans from VVA.
Dr. Wayne Reynolds spent a year on the battlefield, but it seemed like a lifetime.
From 1968-1969, Reynolds was with the 95th Evacuation and 22nd Surgical Hospitals as a medevac medic. He saw bloodshed he can't describe. He returned stateside with medical and mental health issues that took years for doctors to pinpoint and treat.
He was diagnosed with PTSD a long time after he left the military.
Reynolds said he doesn't want service men and women to endure the suffering he and other Vietnam vets have.