Being honorably discharged from the military is the reality most veterans face. They receive all benefits from their time in service and help from the VA with healthcare and other significant issues. To me, it’s always been a given. I served my country and for that, I receive these services. But what if you had to leave the military and receive NONE of those benefits? This would make sense if someone was court martialed or committed a high offense in some way during their service, but how about someone who doesn’t? Would it make sense to give a lifetime of punishment to a person who commits a minor offense and yet loses all access to assistance from the VA and otherwise?
Here is my interview with Tyson Manker, Marine Corps combat veteran who participated in the invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and following his deployment, he smoked weed in an attempt to deal with PTSD symptoms that he didn’t even recognize yet. In return, he was chaptered from the USMC and received a less than honorable discharge. Here is his story.
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