Vietnam veterans sue military in Conn. over PTSD


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.

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