Bob Woodruff Foundation Awards Swords to Plowshares Grant to Aid Veterans with Bad Paper Discharges

Bob Woodruff Foundation Awards Swords to Plowshares and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Grant for the Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy Project.

“Too many service members are being unjustly discharged with less than honorable discharges without access to meaningful legal remedies,” said Kate Richardson, Swords to Plowshares Legal Director.

We are proud to announce that Swords to Plowshares has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to work in partnership with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center on the Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy Project. The project will build resources for attorneys, advocates, and veterans that will help them obtain discharge upgrades from the military in partnership with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

The Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy Project will develop legal practice guides, disseminate instructional material, and coordinate convenings for advocates in order to improve veterans’ ability to correct errors and injustices in their discharge proceedings. Recent studies have confirmed our direct service experience that many service members are discharged unfairly, often when misconduct occurs as a result of mental health issues. Few of these service members are able to successfully obtain discharge upgrades or records corrections, due in part to the lack of information and guidance on standards and practices at the military review boards. In fact, a comprehensive practice guide has not published within a generation. The Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy Project will work to fill these justice gaps.

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