The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at the Yale Law School has had a busy week.
The clinic filed a lawsuit this morning on behalf of Vietnam Veterans of America against the Department of Defense seeking the release of records relating to the wrongful discharge of 26,000 veterans on the basis of personality disorder, said Tasha Brown LAW ’11, an intern at the clinic. This is the second lawsuit they have filed against the Department of Defense this week: on Monday, they charged the department with failing to provide government records documenting cases of sexual trauma in the military.
“We are hoping that this lawsuit prompts [the Department of Defense] to obey the law and provide the records Vietnam Veterans of America is requesting,” Brown told the News today. “Above all, we hope that this lawsuit allows the 26,000 veterans to finally get the disability benefits they have earned, and that it prevents misuse of these discharges in the future.”