The clinic represents William Cowles, an Army National Guard veteran who was honorably discharged but illegally denied medical retirement. The Army discharged him based on an erroneous diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder when he should have been medically retired for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the Army failed to follow its own discharge rules in his case. When Mr. Cowles requested that the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) correct his discharge, the Board refused. The clinic has filed a federal lawsuit against the Army for denying Mr. Cowles the benefits he is owed.
Ruling, Cowles v. McHugh, No. 3:13-cv-01741-JCH (Sep. 30, 2014)
Complaint, Cowles v. McHugh, No. 3:13-cv-01751-JCH (Nov. 21, 2013)
Resources for Veterans Seeking Discharge Upgrade
Connecticut veteran sues Army over PTSD diagnosis, benefits denial, Associated Press, Nov. 23, 2013.
Patricia Kime, Former soldier sues Army for alleged wrongful mental health discharge, Army Times, Nov. 21, 2013.
Veteran Suing U.S. Army for Benefits, Fox Connecticut.