OTHER-THAN-HONORABLE DISCHARGE MAY NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR VA SERVICES

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If you or a loved one received an Other Than Honorable Discharge from the military, your chances of receiving any benefits from the VA were next to zero—until now. 

After a rule change announced by the VA this week, veterans will be considered for VA care and services under a “compelling circumstances exception,” if they can show that mental health problems, cognitive impairment, combat-related hardship, military sexual trauma or other identified factors contributed to their dismissal. Veterans’ length of service and overall performance during military duty also will be considered.

This will open up access to VA benefits for thousands of veterans who received Other-Than-Honorable discharges. 

You can read more about the new rule change here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/04/26/2024-09012/update-and-clarify-regulatory-bars-to-benefits-based-on-character-of-discharge

UPGRADING MILITARY DISCHARGES

Veterans with Other-Than-Honorable discharges should also consider seeking to upgrade their discharges through the military’s Discharge Review Boards or the Military’s Boards of Correction of Military Records.  Upgraded discharges can lead to eligibility and access to even greater VA benefits and provide the veteran with a characterization that reflects your honorable service.  Successfully seeking a discharge upgrade is not a simple or speedy process, but it can certainly be worth the time and effort.  Read more about upgrading your discharge here:

https://kingmilitarylaw.com/military-discharge-upgrade/

If you or a loved one are interested in finding out more about what an upgraded discharge can do for you, we can help.

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