From Chuck Weber, your Veteran Service Officer...
DoD Reconsider Discharges of Vietnam Vets with PTSD
This week the Defense Department (DoD) announced
it has agreed to reconsider other-than-honorable discharges for
thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from
combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many were
dishonorably discharged in an era before PTSD became a diagnosable
The Pentagon said veterans from the Vietnam era
and other past wars with other-than-honorable discharges will be given
“liberal consideration” if they seek to correct their military records
and provide some evidence of a PTSD diagnosis that existed at the time
of their service.
Upgraded discharges could
result in the restoration of some benefits, such as disability pay,
separation pay or GI Bill benefits from the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA)—benefits that are typically denied to veterans who receive
other-than-honorable discharges. Health care in the VA system, however,
is typically provided to veterans regardless of their discharge status.
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Source: FRA NewsBytes, 05 Sep 2014
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