Leaving Other Than Honorable Soldiers Behind

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MSBA Bar Bulletin

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About eighty-four percent of all military discharges are characterized as "honorable," while the other sixteen percent are characterized as something less than honorable. Unfortunately, thousands of veterans have been wrongfully discharged from military service under other-than-honorable ("OTH") conditions. This is a serious problem because an OTH discharge carries significant consequences. For example, an OTH discharge bars veterans from receiving most military benefits. Additionally, veterans with OTH discharges often face discrimination when seeking housing and employment, and are usually excluded from legislation supporting veterans. Unless the characterization is corrected, veterans with an OTH discharge carry the OTH label for life.