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Lincoln’s Promise | Discharge Upgrades2022-02-04T14:58:55+00:00

To Care For

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WHO HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE

About Lincoln’s Promise

Lincoln’s Promise® is dedicated solely to offering legal assistance for discharge upgrades to American military veterans who suffer from PTSD, TBI or MST.

Lincoln’s Promise ® was delivered at the 2nd Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865, as the U.S. Civil War was drawing to a close.

“…With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle

Lincoln’s Promise was adopted as the motto of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and appears on every VA building. It would have been unimaginable to Lincoln, as it is to veterans now, that the U.S. Govt. would abandon its injured troops the moment they returned from the battlefield. Yet that is exactly what has happened to tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD, TBI and MST.

A Broken Promise

Both sad and infuriating, thousands of Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam Veterans with PTSD were erroneously given administrative Other Than Honorable or Undesirable discharges for minor misconduct directly attributable to their PTSD. These bad discharges are given without a court martial and virtually no due process, and yet equate to virtual life sentences. Bad discharges make it harder to get a job because all employers ask veterans to submit their DD214 for employment. Applicants labeled as “OTHER THAN HONORABLE” are at a serious disadvantage. And without access to the GI Bill and other VA benefits, veterans with OTH Discharges can’t access treatment for service-connected injuries, like PTSD. It is no wonder that these disabled veterans are more likely to end up homeless, become addicted to drugs, incarcerated, or die by suicide.

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OTHER THAN HONORABLE Discharges Since 2001
Why Your Support Matters

Very few lawyers offer discharge upgrade assistance because, frankly, there is no money in it. A successful discharge upgrade petition can take over 100 hours, countless interviews, document reviews, and multiple drafts of the discharge upgrade request brief. The boards take well over one year to respond, and unlike VA compensation claims, discharge upgrades do not result in any monetary compensation. Because so much time is spent to make no money, very few attorneys provide discharge upgrade services and even fewer veterans can afford to seek their upgrade.

Discharge Upgrades require petitioning administrative review boards within the U.S. Defense Department. The Army, Air Force and Navy each maintain their own Discharge Review (1553) and Records Correction (1552) boards. We guide Veterans through every step of the discharge upgrade process. We help them gather their military records, relevant medical records, letters from friends and family, and anything else needed to make their arguments to the correct board. Phone interviews and near-constant emails make veterans feel part of a team that cares about their wellbeing and success–because WE DO. We fight for veterans and win, and offer moral support every step of the way.

“After 2 failed attempts to get my discharged upgraded, I had given up-twenty years ago! Then I saw Tyson’s story and contacted him. No one was more knowledgeable or fought harder to get my upgrade than Tyson.”

JOHN - VIETNAM, USMC

“Tyson wrote a brief for the NDRB that describes my service and what I’ve been through perfectly. It’s a m*****f***ing masterpiece.”

JUSTIN - IRAQ, USMC
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About Lincoln’s Promise

Lincoln’s Promise is dedicated to fighting for discharge upgrade for veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and MST.