Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic

Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is applauding a new policy announced this week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel regarding less-than-honorable discharges of Vietnam veterans who were later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

In a memo released earlier this week, Hagel pledged that the military will carefully review each petition for a change in discharge status based on a PTSD diagnosis.

Craig LeMoult

A legal clinic at Yale University in New Haven filed a federal lawsuit Monday on behalf of five Vietnam veterans and three veteran organizations. The suit is against the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The lawsuit seeks relief for tens of thousands of veterans who they say were wrongly denied benefits.

An Army National Guard veteran from East Haven, Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday saying the Army discharged him with an incorrect mental health diagnosis. Lawyers for the man say thousands may not be receiving needed benefits as a result of misdiagnosis.