A Navy veteran in the Senate is calling on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to break up the logjam delaying upgrades of so-called “bad paper discharges” for veterans with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.
In a letter to Austin citing a recent Military.com report on the issue, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., asked for a detailed accounting of how the Pentagon has responded to the law passed in 2017 calling for the service branches to speed up the review process for these discharges.
Other-than-honorable discharges can cut veterans off from a range of benefits, including the GI Bill and home loans.
“Expeditious review board decisions will give our brave men and women who are suffering from the invisible wounds of war an opportunity to access the benefits they have earned through their service,” Peters said in the letter.
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