Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic

Blumenthal & Yale law clinic pressed for policy
8:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Vietnam vets with PTSD to get less-than-honorable discharges reconsidered

Vietnam veteran Conley Monk (left) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in West Haven on Friday
Credit 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.

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Vets received "other than honorable" discharges
6:22 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Vietnam vets sue, saying they had PTSD & were denied benefits

Vietnam veteran Conley Monk of New Haven is a plaintiff in the case
Credit 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.

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Military mental health discharges
6:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Conn. vet files federal lawsuit over misdiagnosis of PTSD

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.

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