Upgrading Past Sexual Orientation Dishonorable Discharges
Military Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Veterans
It is estimated that upwards of 100,000 American soldiers have been dishonorably or "other than honorably" discharged from the military solely due to their sexual orientation since World War II. Now that President Obama's administration has repealed the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" rule and society's views on sexual orientation as a whole are changing, it is high time that veterans have their status, and their hard-earned benefits, restored.
If you were involuntarily removed from service due to your sexual orientation, Dishman Military Advocates and our military lawyers can assist you in upgrading your discharge status to honorable. Our lead attorney, Brent Dishman, knows what it is like being a serviceman of the United States Military, having spent time on active duty in the Air Force. In addition to his personal and professional experiences, he is also backed by
5-star client testimonials and a long history of successful
case results. If you would like to know more about our firm and legal services, including how we represent military clients all over the globe, feel free to
contact us today.
Consequences of Dishonorable Discharges
In most cases, the reasons why you are dishonorably discharged from the military will not affect the consequences of the discharge itself. Whether you were removed for committing a criminal act,
going AWOL, or simply because of your sexual orientation, the negative impact on your life will be the same. Furthermore, a dishonorable discharge on your military service record is not like a civilian criminal record in that it will disappear given enough time; instead, the discharge will continue to affect you for the rest of your life, unless you do something about it.
Ways a dishonorable discharge can impact your day-to-day life include:
- Employment: A dishonorable discharge can be viewed by employers in the same light as a criminal conviction. Many businesses will not hire a service member with such a discharge of this nature on their record.
- Government assistance: You will not be eligible for most government assistance programs if you have a dishonorable, under other than honorable, or even general conditions discharge on your service record, even if you meet all requirements and needs for qualification. This includes healthcare benefits.
- Rights: Your status as a military veteran will be called into question, and you could subsequently lose basic rights, such as the right to vote during open elections and to possess a personal firearm.
Changing Times, Empowered Future
Reversing or upgrading a discharge for homosexual conduct or orientation requires you to go through a discharge upgrade process and fight for your right to be honorably discharged. Even though upgrading a discharge based on your sexual orientation should be simple compared to criminal or other reasons for dishonorable discharges, you will still want to prepare your case with a military attorney. Otherwise, you could run into complications navigating the military's bureaucratic process, effectively losing your right to ever raise the issue again, and lose your chances of restoring your name and having benefits derailed.
Call 877.521.9006 whenever you are ready to schedule a free case evaluation
with our military lawyer.