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New Discharge Upgrade Tool from VA

Jan. 5, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new tool to ease the process for veterans seeking to upgrade their discharge. The tool is especially helpful for those veterans attempting to upgrade bad paper discharges for misconduct, which prevent them from accessing VA benefits. 

The online tool walks veterans through the process, and notes that all branches of the military consider veterans to have a strong case for a discharge upgrade if they can show their discharge was connected to any of these categories:

  • Mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Sexual assault or harassment during military service
  • Sexual orientation (including under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy)

To access the discharge upgrade tool, click here.

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