Magazine article VFW Magazine

Veterans with PTSD Sue Navy for 'Bad Paper' Discharges

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Veterans with PTSD Sue Navy for 'Bad Paper' Discharges

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A lawsuit was filed in March in a federal court in Connecticut on behalf of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Diagnosed with PTSD, the vets were given less-than-honorable discharges.

According to the lawsuit filed by students with Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic, the "bad paper" discharges prevent the veterans from receiving VA benefits and support from the government.

The Washington Post reported in March that veterans represented in the lawsuit were given less-than-honorable discharges for "minor infractions related to post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other mental problems" while in the military.

Tyson Manker, a plaintiff and former Marine who fought in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, said it is a "national disgrace" that failures of the military have led to "legal rights violations" of men and women who have served in the military. …

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