Army Discharge Review Board

We recently represented a former soldier who had been discharged from the Army with a General (Under Honorable Conditions) discharge for a “Physical Condition, not a Disability.” Essentially, he was kicked out because he had a previously undiagnosed anxiety disorder, which manifested itself once he went on active duty. We petitioned the Army Discharge Review Board on his behalf, and they voted 5-0 to upgrade his discharge to Honorable, and to change the narrative reason for his separation to “Secretarial Authority.” This erases this black mark from his record.  It is also important because it allows him to receive the GI Bill that he had paid into and could not use because of his General Discharge.


If you or a loved one has a negative discharge from the military, contact us for a free consultation. Please include a copy of your DD 214 and a brief summary of what lead to your discharge.

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  1. I received a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions in 1982 from the U.S, Army. I had a felony on my record as a juvenile, It should not have been there,because I was found not guilty. I later decided to join the Army.I completed basic training went on to complete A.I.T.,and was waiting to go to Germany. I got called into operations,and told my orders had been cancelled. Then was told later that I lied on the enlistment paper about my arrest record. I had no idea what that could have meant. During the process of enlisting, I gave a copy of my arrest record to my recruiter,which showed the felony arrest, and finding of not guilty. He said that does not mean anything if you were not guilty, so you don”t have to put that down. I didn”t . However my MOS required a high level security clearance,and I was turned down because I followed the instructions of my recruiter. and ultimately discharged for Fraudulent Enlistment. I have been turned down for many jobs, all benefits,I cannot participate in activities that should be accessible. I have been fighting this for many years now. I had planned to retire from the ARMY. I was nominated soldier of the cycle in basic training, was a squad leader, scored high on the p.t. test , scored very well on the entry exams, I had plans to be in the service all of my life. After discharging I never really got over the disappointment of being discharged for no reason of my own. Being discharged under those conditions is like never being a soldier at all. I am 60 years old now, and still remember everything ARMY.

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