Join Senate Investigation of the Army's Discharge of 22,000 Injured Soldiers Improperly Discharged
Washington, DC -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/27/2015 --Last week, twelve members of the United States Senate called for an investigation into the discharge, under Other Than Honorable (OTH) circumstances, of 22,000 combat veterans of the United States Army. These soldiers, who had often served multiple tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, were diagnosed with combat-related mental health disorders and discharged without benefit of proper medical review. The Uniformed Services and Justice Advocacy Group (USJAG), the Colorado-based organization which has led the nation in the realm of advocacy on behalf of such soldiers, is calling for other members of Congress to join in the call for an investigation. Georg Andreas Pogany, the Chief Executive Officer of USJAG, notes that we have heard a great deal of hollow rhetoric with regard to "honoring the troops" and that we have further recognized the "Invisible Wounds of War" yet the drum beat which has mustered out tens of thousands of emotionally and mentally scarred combat soldiers continues unabated. Pogany asserts that the 22,000 soldiers in question represent the tip of the iceberg.
The Uniformed Services and Justice Advocacy Group has assisted over 300 such military personnel, successfully interceding between the military and individual soldiers, restoring their compensation and their right to medical benefits through the Veterans Administration. Soldiers who are mustered out with less than honorable discharges cycle back to their home States and communities. The burden of caring for these combat veterans devolves to State and Local governmental entities and the private sector rather than upon those agencies that should be charged with their care: the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.
Georg Andreas Pogany, biography
Robert Alvarez, Chief Operating Officer of USJAG, enjoins other members of Congress to sign on and support their fellow members and push for a meaningful, bi-partisan investigation. There exists no more important social contract than that of military service and we continue to commit gross violations of that sacred contract in wholesale fashion. USJAG will be holding a press conference in the near term to push for definitive and concerted action.
The Uniformed Services Justice & Advocacy Group's (USJAG) mission is to keep the promise made by political and military leaders to our nation's warriors. We hold accountable those who have a duty and responsibility to live up to and honor the sacred promise to all members of the United States Armed Forces, its veterans and their families, " …to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle…" by advocating on behalf of those who have honorably served this nation while providing them with comprehensive legal, forensic and investigative services in any and all administrative and judicial proceedings; to defend and protect their service connected benefits as well as preserve the continuity and delivery of proper and appropriate healthcare; to educate the public on all issues, needs and concerns facing this nation's warriors; and to give them back to their communities and families with the dignity, honor and support they deserve. The Uniformed Services Justice & Advocacy Group (USJAG) is a nonpartisan non-profit legal services corporation.