A member of the United States military receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at Camp Foster on April 28, 2021 in Ginowan, Japan. (Carl Court/Getty Images) Injured, active-duty service members have been subjected to abusive discharge practices by senior leadership, according to an advocacy group, which says it’s a scarcely documented trend that must be stopped.
The Epoch Times spoke to Nic Gray, CEO of Uniformed Services Justice & Advocacy Group ( USJAG ), whose mission is to “ensure injured, ill, or wounded active-duty service members are separated with benefits, honors, and their dignity intact.”
For the past two decades, since the start of the Global War on Terrorism, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have returned home injured. “They’re suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), missing limbs, burns, and more,” Gray said. “Sadly, when they come back injured, the solution that the Department of Defense (DoD) commonly uses to treat their issues is to put them on a cocktail of medications.”
Gray said these medications can have adverse side effects, adding that “some of these adverse side effects can result in behavioral issues.” And these behavior issues can result in what he considers “minor infractions,” he explained.
According to thousands of forensic investigations conducted by USJAG dating back to 2007, Gray said that “while injured service members should find themselves in medical board proceedings to be medically retired, they are instead taken out of the medical retirement process and moved in a chapter process to remove them from service more expediently.”
“The typical one-year-long process then becomes about a two-week process,” Gray explained. “At the same time, these soldiers are being released from the military under less than fully honorable conditions,” which he said, “strips them of the needed medical care and financial support owed to them and their families.”
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