Discharge Upgrades & Military Record Changes

Information on discharge upgrades, military record changes, and VA Character of Discharge Determination.  

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How Advocates Can Volunteer with The Veterans Consortium's Pro Bono Program

Information about The Veterans Consortium's Pro Bono Program, how to volunteer, and who to contact.
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Step-by-Step Guide: How To Apply for a Discharge Upgrade

Discharge Upgrade Basics

Did you know there is a way to change your military discharge status? If you received a discharge that was not Honorable, a discharge upgrade can help you access important VA benefits, services, and care. Or you may feel that your discharge was not fair and you want to correct it.
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Discharge Conditions

This article explains the different types of Character of Discharge and what they can mean to you.
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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read about what a DD 214 is and when you might need it.
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Discharge Conditions: How to Request Review

The reason for your discharge and the “character” of that discharge are very important in deciding if you (and/or your dependents) are eligible for military and veteran benefits as a result of military service. Learn how to request a review.
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Get free appeal help to the CAVC from the Veterans Consortium

Help with Discharge Upgrades and VA benefit denials from the BVA (a high-level appeal).
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Free Help Filing for a Discharge Upgrade or Appealing Vet Benefits Denial

You can find out if you're eligible for free legal help from the Veterans Consortium.

Ships Logs?

Question:

Why is the ship's deck log not available during parts of our WESTPAC Cruise in 1963? I want to know specifically where my ship (USS Los Angeles CA-135) was. I would love to see the ship-deck logs for the entirety of summer '61 through the return to San Diego following that deployment. How can I get that information? I tried looking it up at sites online that have links to ship's deck-logs, but both of those periods of time were ostensibly missing. Can you help me in any way to locate that information? 

 

Jim's Reply:

The best I can tell you is that deck logs are here: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/logbooks/navy-online. Unfortunately, the National Archives are closed due to the pandemic so your search will be delayed even further. 

 

Discharge Upgrade

Question:

I applied for a discharge upgrade and left out a piece of supporting documentation what can be done?

 

Jim's Reply:

You should ask that question of whoever is helping you with your discharge upgrade. You can get some help here https://www.vetsprobono.org/ 

 

DD Form 293 - Application for Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces

Department of Defense Form 293 is used to request an upgrade of a military discharge from the appropriate discharge review board. You can access a fillable PDF version of the form here.