Monday, November 23, 2020

The Army is forced to consider mental health issues for discharge upgrades

The U.S. Army has agreed to systematically review discharge upgrade requests for Soldiers with mental health disorders and bad-paper discharges. A class-action lawsuit out of U.S. District Court in Connecticut alleged the Army Discharge Review Board had failed to follow Secretary of Defense guidance, which required the board to consider mental health conditions as part of its review. Of interest, the two Connecticut plaintiffs had their discharges upgraded to honorable within the last few years. So a great result for these two veterans, and for veterans separated after October 7, 2001, with bad-paper and a mental health condition. 

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