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Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database


Added 01-24-20 05:35:02pm EST - “The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday.

The National Veterans Legal Services Program had sued the Defense Department over a lack of access to the database, arguing that the military had been breaking federal law since April.

The database contains decisions by military review boards that grant or deny a veteran’s request to upgrade a discharge. Veterans and their lawyers study those decisions in hopes of building successful arguments of their own.

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“They can make a stronger case by looking to see how other people have won,” said Bart Stichman, executive director of the organization that filed the lawsuit.

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