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Advocates want Obama, Trump to pardon "bad paper" dismissals

Military veterans advocates are urging President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to pardon tens of thousands of post-9/11 service members who were discharged for infractions related to mental health. In a letter being delivered to both men this week, Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan says such a pardon will require Obama and Trump to work together on developing a plan for identifying those individuals — expected to total around 300,000 — and restore their veterans’ benefits. “Over the last 15 years of continuous warfare, our government has failed to respond appropriately to multiple, comprehensive reports of veterans being inappropriately discharged from the military,” the letter states. “We implore you to at least save the current generation of America’s warriors an unfairly marginal life as outcasts in the nation they have so faithfu...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/vva-letter-trump-ob...

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