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US Capitol - Panel Discussion on 'Bad-Paper' Military Discharges

  • US Capitol Building First Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

We have a duty to bring all veterans home and to heal the wounds of war. 

As ardent advocates for veteran's issues and concerns, United Soldiers and Sailors of America is honored to be attending this important panel discussion on 'Bad-Paper' Discharges with many other Veteran Service Organizations.

A very special thanks must be given to Kristopher Goldsmith the Founder of High Ground Veteran Advocacy Group for leading the charge on 'Bad-Paper' discharges. 

Examining the Long-Term Impact on Veterans and Families, and Identifying Policy Solutions

Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars

Representatives of military, veteran and family service organizations are invited to take part in a discussion on the topic of "bad-paper discharges," with a panel of distinguished subject-matter experts. Researchers and investigators from a variety of well-respected institutions will provide information regarding recent reports related to this issue. Panelists include:

  • Michael Wishnie of the Yale Veterans Legal Services Clinic (Reports)

  • Rajeev Ramchand of RAND Corporation (Report)

  • Randal B. Williamson and Karin Wallestad of the Government Accountability Office (Report)

  • Paul Sullivan of Bergmann & Moore, on behalf of Dr Ali Tayyeb of Brown University's Watson Institute (Report)

  • Brad Carson, on behalf of Sara Darehshori of Human Rights Watch (Report)

  • Bradford Adams of Swords to Plowshares and Dana Montalto of Harvard Law (Report)

  • Phil Carter of Center for a New American Security (NYT Op-ed)

  • Caitlin Thompson of Cohen Veterans Network (Former Director of the VA Suicide Prevention Program)

  • Don Christensen of Protect Our Defenders (Report)

We will also talk about the long-term impact on veterans denied access to important veterans’ transition benefits, and what efforts can be made to ensure that all deserving veterans receive the access to the care and benefits that are necessary to ensure a successful transition.

Military and Veterans Legislative Assistants and Committee Staff are invited to observe the conversation and to network with all stakeholders.