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PTSD TO RECEIVE SYMPATHETIC CONSIDERATION BY CORRECTIONS BOARDS

Here is exciting news on discharge upgrades for service personnel claiming PTSD.   It would be hard to find anything more user-friendly than a very recent memo from the Secretary of Defense.

The SEDEF’s policy letter speaks of “special consideration” which the boards must give to PTSD-related situations.  Several times, the memo uses the word “liberal” to explain its stance..

With this policy letter, [1] There are now presumptions that documented conditions existed at the time of discharge; [2] they will be considered “potential mitigating factors” in weighing misconduct ;  [3] the corrections boards will “exercise caution “ in reviewing the cases; and [4] Statute of Limitations matters will be waived  in appropriate situations.   Also,  [5] corrections boards may obtain advisory opinions from mental health professionals within DOD on PTSD-related conditions.

This policy letter should provide a path for many who gained ‘bad’ discharges under situations of traumatic stress.


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