Discharge Upgrades (Attorney)

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Description

A less than honorable discharge has a variety of negative consequences on a veteran, ranging from ineligibility to VA benefits to a loss of employment opportunities. Fortunately, the military allows veterans to apply for an upgrade in the characterization of their discharge. This process can be complicated, however, and the assistance of a good advocate is vital to the success of an application for a discharge upgrade. This webinar will discuss the discharge review process and how advocates and veterans can navigate this complex system.

This 90-minute webinar will cover:
• The military’s process for terminating service members accused of misconduct
• The impact a less than fully honorable discharge has on veterans
• The process for challenging the characterization of a discharge, including an overview of the Discharge Review Boards and the Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records
• Recent administrative guidance providing liberal consideration of upgrades when there are allegations of military sexual trauma, and for veterans who suffered from PTSD and other
psychiatric conditions
• The impact of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy for LGBT veterans, and information about discharge upgrade claims for LGBT veterans of all eras
• Tips for making successful discharge upgrade claims
• Examples of NVLSP discharge upgrade cases, including model briefs

Presenter: David Sonenshine & Jenna Goldberg

Length: 82 minutes

Recorded: March 22, 2018

$115.00

Webinar Description:

A less than honorable discharge has a variety of negative consequences on a veteran, ranging from ineligibility to VA benefits to a loss of employment opportunities. Fortunately, the military allows veterans to apply for an upgrade in the characterization of their discharge. This process can be complicated, however, and the assistance of a good advocate is vital to the success of an application for a discharge upgrade. This webinar will discuss the discharge review process and how advocates and veterans can navigate this complex system.

This 90-minute webinar will cover:
• The military’s process for terminating service members accused of misconduct
• The impact a less than fully honorable discharge has on veterans
• The process for challenging the characterization of a discharge, including an overview of the Discharge Review Boards and the Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records
• Recent administrative guidance providing liberal consideration of upgrades when there are allegations of military sexual trauma, and for veterans who suffered from PTSD and other
psychiatric conditions
• The impact of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy for LGBT veterans, and information about discharge upgrade claims for LGBT veterans of all eras
• Tips for making successful discharge upgrade claims
• Examples of NVLSP discharge upgrade cases, including model briefs