Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrades: Advocating at Discharge Review Board Hearings (4/26/2022)

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Product No: 39290
Duration: 0.00 Hours
Publish Date : 4/26/2022

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Many of the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces are cut off from veterans’ services and benefits because they were given a less-than-honorable discharge. They may have served in combat or have suffered physical or mental wounds, but are nevertheless unable to access much-needed treatment and support from federal and state veterans agencies because of their discharge status. In many cases, the origin of their need for support—for example, service-related post-traumatic stress disorder or having experienced military sexual trauma—also contributed to the conduct that led to their less-than-honorable discharges. 

The Post-9/11 generation has the highest rate of receiving a less-than-fully-honorable discharge but also still have the right to obtain an in-person hearing before a Discharge Review Board to seek to upgrade their discharge—which greatly increases the likelihood of success. 

This program offers:

  • In-depth training about Discharge Review Board (DRB) Hearings before the Army, Airforce, and Navy/Marine Corps board.
  • Experienced attorneys sharing their experiences at DRB Hearing
  • Updates on discharge upgrade law, including class action settlements against the Army and Naval DRBs
  • Information that will benefit both attorneys new to discharge upgrade practice as well as attorneys with some prior experience

This program builds upon prior discharge upgrade pro bono trainings. Attorneys who did not attend the prior trainings are welcome to view this training. Please email Noah Williams at for access to videos and resources from those trainings. Attorneys who are interested in volunteering to represent a veteran in a discharge upgrade with the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership, a project of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, should contact Dana Montalto at 


Dana Montalto
WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

Alexandria Grace Martin
Proskauer Rose LLP-NY

Amelia G Pennington
Morgan Lewis

Olivia Cole
Swords to Plowshares

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