U.S. Navy Sued by Veteran After Receiving a Less Than Honorable Discharge Designation Due to PTSD

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Tyson Manker, a veteran with PTSD, filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Navy. Manker believes that he, and other veterans given a less than honorable discharge because of PTSD and other forms of traumatic mental health issues were unfairly treated.

Manker: Hundred of Thousands of Vets With PTSD Denied Support

Tyson Manker, who jointly filed the federal class action with the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress, is being assisted by Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic. In a statement related to the class action, Manker said, “The American public needs to know that hundreds of thousands of military veterans with service-connected PTSD and [traumatic brain injuries] are being denied support and VA resources because of an unfair discharge status.”

A PDF from the VA that explains benefits for “Other than Honorable Discharges” states that “An individual with an “Other than Honorable” discharge that VA has determined to be disqualifying under application of title 38 C.F.R. §3.12 still retains eligibility for VA health care benefits for service-incurred of service-aggravated disabilities unless he or she is subject to one of the statutory bars to benefits…”