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Is the Army targeting disabled vets with misconduct discharges?

Is the military justice system fair? According to some federal lawmakers, the U.S. Army’s misconduct discharges should be reviewed. The group, comprised of 12 U.S. senators, has requested the Army inspector general to review the discharges of service members who had also been diagnosed with various mental health conditions. 

The request, made via a formal letter, may have been in response to a recent media profile of the Army’s misconduct charges. The profile noted that the Army has discharged about 22,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan since 2009. However, the discharges at issue all involved veterans who had received a mental health diagnosis after their return, such as traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

As a law firm that focuses on military law, we understand how serious the consequences of a military discharge can be. In this example, the soldiers typically would not receive benefits after their discharges, and consequently would not receive treatment for their PTSD or TBI. 

Although it seems unconscionable for the Army to target disabled veterans, the Army has not yet issued a comprehensive response regarding the allegations. Unfortunately, a service member who is not represented by an attorney might be perceived as an easier target. A military defense lawyer can help protect a soldier’s rights under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Check out our firm’s website to learn more about the broad areas of military law that we practice. 

Source: NPR, “Lawmakers Call For Army To Investigate Misconduct Discharges Of Service Members,” Alicia Cypress, Nov. 5, 2015

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