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Published on Dec 22, 2015
An investigative reporter, Kors began to explore personality disorder discharges and followed the story for nine years. His reporting uncovered a disturbing fact: that tens of thousands of wounded soldiers had been discharged in the same way, saving the military over $17.2 billion in disability and medical care. He interviewed military doctors who spoke about being pressured to purposely misdiagnose wounded soldiers and soon found himself testifying before Congress about the information he had uncovered.
Joshua Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation, where he covers military and veterans’ issues.
He is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, Casey Medal, the National Press Club’s Hume Award and the Military Reporters and Editors Award. He was also a finalist for the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.
Kors earned national attention for his work uncovering the veterans’ benefits scandal. His three-part series showed how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, labeling them mentally ill in order to deny them medical care and disability pay.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx