CT Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual

  • Organization: Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
  • Document Type: Client legal education
  • Date Created: Thursday, December 08, 2016
  • Submitted: Thursday, December 08, 2016
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Veterans can upgrade their discharge status through administrative procedures established by the service branches and in federal court. However, these administrative and judicial processes are complicated, confusing, and time-consuming for many veterans. Fortunately, lawyers and other trained advocates can help veterans apply for discharge upgrades and receive critical services. This manual provides a basic overview of military discharges and how advocates can help veterans upgrade their discharges through administrative procedures:
Part II explains the types of military discharges and why veterans seek upgrades. 
Part III describes Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records, the two main administrative avenues of relief for veterans seeking discharge upgrades. 
Part IV provides instruction for preparing applications to these boards. 
Part V identifies other potential sources of judicial relief that may be appropriate in certain cases. 
Part VI summarizes the information presented in the manual.
Part VII includes sample forms and other helpful materials.
Part VIII lists additional resources for advocates who want to learn more about discharge upgrades.