On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) will be holding a free Military Discharge Upgrade CLE at the New York University School of Law.
Members of the military leave service with one of six discharge statuses that will determine their access to VA healthcare and benefits. Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury wreak psychological havoc on our service members and the resulting behavioral health problems can easily lead to bad discharge papers. These veterans are not only cut off from VA services, but branded for life by their discharge documents. For hundreds of thousands, their only avenues for relief are the Department of Defense Discharge Review Boards or federal court.
The focus of this CLE will be preparing discharge upgrade applications for the Department of Defense Discharge Review Boards or the Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records. Our goal is to train advocates to take a discharge upgrade case from intake to an in-person appearance before a board successfully.
Seating is limited and priority will go to New York City attorneys who pledge to take a pro bono discharge upgrade case through the VAP Discharge Upgrade Clinic. For those who are unable to attend, the program will be taped and placed on the Internet at a later date. CLE credit will only be available for those who attend in person. If you wish to participate, please complete our attendee form. VAP staff will process registration sand send you a confirmation number if a seat is available.
Sign up here: http://veteranadvocacyproject.org/event/discharge-upgrade-2014
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