NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Vietnam veterans advocacy group says in a federal lawsuit in Connecticut the military has failed to correct the wrongful discharges of thousands of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The 65,000-member Vietnam Veterans of America on Monday joined a proposed class action lawsuit against the Army, Navy and Air Force.
The lawsuit was filed last year by a veteran from New Haven. It says 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 U.S. attorney's office says it's reviewing the matter and will respond in court. A Department of Defense spokeswoman says the agency is committed to addressing concerns related to PTSD and has conducted assessments of service members at military treatment facilities.