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Vietnam veterans group sues military over PTSD

By By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An advocacy group for Vietnam veterans says in a federal lawsuit the military has failed to correct the wrongful discharges of thousands of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Vietnam Veterans of America on Monday joined a proposed class action lawsuit against the Army, Navy and Air Force. The lawsuit, first filed last year by a veteran, says the Vietnam veterans suffered PTSD before the condition was recognized and were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions that made them ineligible for disability compensation and other benefits.

The lawsuit says the military has refused to upgrade the discharge status of thousands of Vietnam War era veterans with service-related PTSD.

The U.S. Attorney's office says it's reviewing the mater and will respond in court.

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