Our Lost Veterans

Posted November 11, 2013 at 11:30am

On this Veterans Day, Phillip Carter argues that the US should provide for the “hundreds of thousands of veterans who were discharged ‘under conditions other than honorable’ and so do not qualify as veterans under federal law.”

“Their discharges, which include overly broad categories encompassing everything from administrative discharges for minor misconduct to dishonorable discharges following a court-martial, nevertheless make them ineligible for the health care, employment, housing and education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

“And when they falter, the burden for supporting them falls heavily on their local communities because federal agencies cannot, by law, help them.”

Crossposted from Wonk Wire.