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News Archive

Reporting Crime Involving Servicemembers

From time to time people contact the GI Rights Hotline wanting to report criminal wrongdoing involving members of the military.  As a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization the GI Rights Hotline is not connected to law enforcement inside or outside of the military. 

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Military Paths To Citizenship Obstructed

The US government has made it harder for non-US citizens to join the military and harder to acquire US citizenship through military service if they do join, according to US immigration attorney Margaret Stock. As a result, the number of immigrants serving today in the US military has fallen to less than 4 percent. Stock spoke to GI Rights counselors at the annual conference of the GI Rights Network in May.

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More Recent Discharge Upgrade News

On 28 AUG 17 the DOD issued significant new guidance on the meaning of “liberal consideration” in discharge upgrade cases involving PTSD, TBI, other mental health conditions, as well as guidance for applications involving sexual assault and sexual harassment.  Some experts who work in the field are calling this guidance a game changer in favor or wider recognition of the injuries veterans have suffered.

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USING YOUR CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE TO RESOLVE GRIEVANCES

In our democracy, it may seem like the US military and the US Congress have very little to do with each other.  But when it comes to resolving troublesome situations with your command, a little Congressional oversight can sometimes go a long way.  It may not seem like your Congressional representatives have the power to govern the military, but ultimately Congress can play a significant role in holding the military accountable to its own laws and regulations.  After all, the code that military regulations are based on comes from the laws passed by Congress.  You have the right under federal law to contact your Congressperson for assistance in peronal military matters.  Contacting a Congressperson is protected communication, which means that no one is allowed to punish you or otherwise retaliate against you for contacting Congress for assistance.

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