NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will have his discharge status upgraded in a settlement of a lawsuit with the U.S. Army.
John Shepherd Jr., a 66-year-old New Haven resident, says the Army agreed to upgrade his original other-than-honorable discharge to discharged under honorable conditions.
Yale Law School students who represented him say the upgrade will allow Shepherd to receive disability benefits he had been denied. They say they hope the settlement will persuade the Army to recognize the honorable service of other Vietnam veterans with PTSD.
An Army spokesman declined to comment.
Shepherd has said he battled alcoholism and struggled to stay employed for 40 years, but was not diagnosed with PTSD until 2004.