Veterans Without "Honorable Discharge" Now Eligible for Benefits
October 1, 2018
A new law looks to expand benefits for certain previously ineligible veterans.
The law, which went into effect on October 1, 2018, extends a range of state and municipal benefits that were previously only available to veterans who were Honorably Discharged or were released under honorable conditions from active military service.
Now, the benefits can be accessed by veterans who received an "Other than Honorable" discharge characterization and who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from military service
- Traumatic brain injury resulting from military service
- Victim of Military sexual trauma
The diagnosis must be made by an individual who is licensed "to provide health care services at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs facility" which includes Physicians, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).
Veterans applying for VA benefits must also submit all other required documentation.
A veteran with a "Bad Conduct" or "Dishonorable" discharge is not eligible for these benefits.