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On veterans, crime, timing and 'Other Than Honorable' discharges

from Outside the Beltway

The topic of "veterans who aren't veterans" — veterans who, because they were convicted of a crime while enlisted, received an "Other Than Honorable" discharge — is the topic of discussion in this article. These individuals are ineligible for the health care, employment, housing and education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. While its easy to think of these individuals as criminals deserving of what they get, the fact is that for some significant percentage, their crimes — which can include things like DUI — most likely have ties to PTSD resulting from their involvement in military actions. more


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