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Discharge Upgrade Guidance Tool

Benefit overview

Many Department of Veterans Affairs benefits are tied to the characterization of a service member’s discharge. If your discharge was under other-than-honorable conditions, but certain circumstances apply, you may be able to have your discharge upgraded or corrected and become eligible for VA benefits.

How this benefit helps

All branches of the military consider service members to have a strong case for a discharge upgrade if they can show that their discharge was connected to any of these categories:

  • Mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sexual assault or harassment during military service
  • Sexual orientation (including under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy)

How to access this benefit

Answer a series of questions to get customized step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a discharge upgrade or correction.

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