Sunday, February 21, 2016

PTSD and "bad paper" discharges: is help on the way?

The New York Times has this report on efforts being made to ease the path for U.S. armed forces veterans with stigmatizing "bad-paper" discharges and PTSD diagnoses. Excerpt:
Congress created military review boards after World War II to correct wartime missteps, but observers say this has rarely happened in recent years. In 2013, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records, the supreme authority in the Army’s review agency, ruled against veterans in about 96 percent of PTSD-related cases, according to an analysis done by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

“The boards are broken,” said Michael Wishnie, a Yale professor who oversees the clinic. “They are not functioning the way Congress has intended.” 
He added that the boards’ decision-making process is often opaque, and that they have done little to educate veterans on the upgrade process.
H/T to Marian Messing for calling this article to the Editor's attention. 

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