Report: 100,000s of former servicemembers excluded from VA help
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 11, 2019
There are more than 18 million living veterans in the U.S.—and each year more than 9 million are in some way touched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, through some form of health care or service.
But—as noted in a report in the Washington Post—the VA’s own records show that more than 500,000 former service members received “other than honorable” (OTH) discharges, making them ineligible for VA care and benefits.
The author, an advocate for vets, highlights that a large portion of those burdened by an OTH separation from service transgressed in minor ways—often due to behaviors resulting from psychiatric and other conditions—such as PTSD and brain injuries. This is a profoundly unfair outcome, as most of these illnesses were caused by traumas suffered in the military.
Despite these facts—known to the VA, Congress and other policymakers alike—the article reports, hundreds of thousands continue to be excluded from VA healthcare, housing and other help.