The Hagel Memo was a game-changing legal directive issued by former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that directs review boards to give “Liberal Consideration” to discharge upgrade applications from veterans with service-connected PTSD. This “Liberal Consideration” standard has since been codified at 10 U.S.C. 1553.
Settlements from two class-action lawsuits now allow some veterans to reapply for discharge upgrades even if they were previously denied or the time period for filing had expired. Others, who applied and were denied more recently, will receive automatic reviews.
Tens of thousands of veterans who never applied for a discharge upgrade are not covered by these suits, and need representation before the boards. Lincoln’s Promise attorneys will represent these veterans with PTSD, TBI and MST who have never applied for their discharge upgrades, and any other veteran that is not guaranteed automatic review by the Kennedy & Manker settlements.