Tag Archives: discharge upgrade

Discharge Upgrades memo gets minor update

We are replacing the 2006 memo titled “Discharge Upgrading and Discharge Review: Introductory Materials & Forms for Attorneys and Counselors” with a new version with some minor changes: new hyperlinks for external resources and re-titled “Discharge Upgrades: Introductory Material and Resources for Attorneys and Counselors.”

Most of the content is still current and was not changed, but links to resources and forms have been updated. If you find any errors or dead links, please contact us.

 

Navigating the VA

A basic guide to how the VA system works and how to get earned benefits, along with practice pointers for vets and their advocates.

By Becca von Behren

Whether a service member wants to stay in the military or is fighting to get out, eventually, that person will be a veteran, and the Department of Veterans Affairs may play a significant role in the transition from active duty to veteran status.

This article gives a very basic overview of some of the more relevant principles of VA benefits, how the VA system works and some common myths about benefit entitlement. A few “practice pointers” are included to help avoid mistakes that newly discharged people often make in their encounters with the VA.

CLE: Military Discharge Upgrading & Discharge Review

MLTF will offer a CLE on Military Discharge Upgrading & Discharge Review at the NLG 2012 ‘Law for the People’ Convention in Pasadena, CA. The presenters will be Teresa Panepinto, Jim Klimaski, Bridgit Wilson and Kathy Gilberd.

Date & Time: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:30a – 12:30a

Cost: Guild attorneys $75; other attorneys $100; law students and legal workers $25; scholarships available.

Download flyer and registration form. For further info, contact us.

New access to old discharge upgrade manual

The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center at Yale has put David Addlestone’s  Military Discharge Upgrading, and Introduction to Veterans Administration Law: A Practice Manual, along with its 1990 supplement, online at http://ctveteranslegal.org/resources/. Although the manual is dated, it is still an excellent resource when used with current regs.

How to get a copy of your military discharge papers (DD Form 214 or SF-180)

The National Archives and Records Administration Military Personnel Records Center is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Requests using DD 214 can come from veterans or their next of kin. The SF-180 is used for requests for records about a veteran by the general public.

Start your request here using their online tools or you can make the request by fax or postal mail using the contact info provided at the link above. Such requests are generally free (see details at the linked site).