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New Report Documents Wrongful VA Denial of Benefits to Vets with Bad Paper Discharges

125,000 Veterans Who Served Since 2001 Excluded from Basic Veteran Services

Approximately 125,000 post-9/11 veterans with bad paper discharges are being wrongfully excluded from basic veteran services by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), says a new white paper issued today by Swords to Plowshares and the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). The culprit is VA’s own regulations, which do not match eligibility standards set up by Congress in 1944 in the original GI Bill of Rights. [more]

Released 3/30/16 | Tags: Discharges, Veteran's Benefits

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Groups trying to help veterans with PTSD get proper care

Released 2/22/17 at Florida Record | Tags: Discharges

Many military veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but if they are discharged with anything less than an honorable discharge they cannot get the mental-health treatment they need. The Department of Veterans Affairs said that 20 percent of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq could have PTSD. [more]

VA plans to help ‘bad paper’ veterans don’t go far enough

Released 1/15/17 at Military Times | Tags: Discharges

A Capitol Hill conference room erupted in cheers March 7 when Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced that he would start providing mental health services to "bad paper" veterans – men and women who, typically for minor disciplinary problems and often as a result of mental health issues that started in service, have been denied access to most VA care. [more]

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