VIETNAM VETERANS WITH PTSD MAY GET NEW DISCHARGE RATINGS

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Veterans who were discharged with less than an honorable discharge before PTSD was a diagnosed issue and have since been found to have it can get a better discharge rating. That means that Vietnam veterans that developed issues could get more access to health care and other benefits due them. There are many members of the military before 1980 that have since been diagnosed.

The statement from Secretary of Defense Hagel

Here, via the DOD website, is what Hagel has said needs done for Vietnam veterans who may have been discharged with PTSD.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced supplemental guidance to military records boards to ensure consistency in considering veterans’ discharge upgrade requests related to post-traumatic stress disorder, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today.

“Recent attention has been focused on the petitions of Vietnam veterans to upgrade their discharges based on claims of unrecognized post-traumatic stress disorder,” Warren said. “In these cases, post-traumatic stress was not recognized as a diagnosis at the time of service, and in many cases, diagnoses were not made until decades after service was completed.”

This supplemental guidance, Warren said, issued in a DoD memorandum, applies to veterans who assert that they suffered post-traumatic stress related to their service.

“It will help review boards ensure fair and consistent results across the military services and ease the application process for veterans who are seeking redress,” he said.

The DoD memo says the supplemental guidance is not intended to interfere with or impede the Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records’ statutory independence to correct errors or remove injustices through the correction of military records, and that it will help to ensure consistency across the military services.

Hagel notes in the memo that the boards are neither courts nor investigative agencies. Therefore, he wrote, his supplemental guidance details medical considerations, mitigating factors and procedures for review.

According to the memo, the policy guidance also will assist the boards in carefully considering every petition brought regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming post-traumatic stress disorder, including a comprehensive review of all materials and evidence provided by the petitioner.

Hagel’s guidance also mandates liberal waivers of time limits, ensures timely consideration of petitions, and allows for increased involvement of medical personnel in board determinations.

Here is hoping that these men get the help they need. There are many who have suffered badly from the hell that was their time in service.

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