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What a Mental Health Discharge Upgrade for Vets Means for Active Members

In April 2017, Iraq War veteran Stephen Kennedy filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of about 50,000 soldiers. The settlement class includes members and former members of the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and who: Were less-than-honorably discharged; Have not received a discharge upgrade; and …

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The Lack of Convictable Evidence in Military Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault in the military has been a problem for years. The Pentagon recently announced 6,236 reports of sexual assault in 2019, up 3 percent from 6,053 in 2018. It is also estimated that only one in four sexually assaulted service members report the crime. At the same time, the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, …

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Fort Hood Review

Reviewing the Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Board Findings

Under the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee (FHIRC) recently conducted a comprehensive assessment of the “Fort Hood command climate and culture and its impact, if any, on the safety, welfare, and readiness of our soldiers and units.” The committee’s report focuses largely on the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response …

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