Veterans’ Suit Over ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Moves Forward

A class-action lawsuit involving veterans who say they’ve been wrongfully denied discharge upgrades will move forward. The suit -- which is being supported by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic -- was filed against the Navy in 2018.

News Story (Connecticut)

Frankie Graziano
WNPR (Hartford, CT)
November 10, 2019

Tags: Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic


Tyson Manker says his life spiraled after coming home from Iraq in 2003. He says he was forced out of the Marines with a less than honorable discharge.

He also says he suffered from post-traumatic stress and that in 2004, he was denied support from Veterans Affairs because of his discharge designation.

Now he’s fighting on behalf of others like him — people with what are known as “bad paper discharges” — who want fair treatment as veterans.

“We need to make sure that the military doesn’t continue to force service members out unlawfully who are suffering from mental injuries of war who then have to go to the review boards and hope that they follow the law,” said Manker.