Posel's point is, that if local judges, VA and Mental Health people are going along with this, it opens up the opportunity to detain almost any vet they want to detain, on the grounds that he or she is likely to "need" psychiatric detention just on grounds of being a combat vet.
In other words, the govt. has the perfect pretext to detain vets who are "dissident," "anti-government," "non-conformist," "have an attitude," etc.
This is exactly what the Soviets did. Their rationale was that if you didn't go along with the enlightened, humane, progressive Communist program, you must be out of your mind.
Then they gave you "treatment" which actually undermined your mental capacity or your sanity.
I am sure certain people allied the present Administration see this as a useful example of how to both destroy and discredit dissidents. Targeting vets will only be the first step, not the last.
Considering what my best friend had to go thru back in the 80's to get his vietnam vet brother put into a mental hospital, I'd say this is a move in the right direction.
The brother developed schizophrenia and despite all the attempts by my friend to get the brother help, it wasn't until winter was coming on and the brother was still living on a beach in northern Michigan that he was able to get the local judge to declare the brother incompetent and sent to the state hospital in Traverse City........
Mental illness is not an easy diagnosis and virtually every person who suffers from it is a seperate case. There is no easy answer to the problem nor will there ever be a blanket solution.........