Mike Wishnie Comments on Veterans' Fight for Honorable Discharges

Former Skadden fellow Mike Wishnie ('95) was quoted in a New York Times article about veterans' push for a bill overhauling the military discharge system to account for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ("Veterans Want Past Discharges to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress," Feb. 19). Some PTSD sufferers are given less-than-honorable discharges prohibiting them from receiving education benefits, preferential hiring and tax breaks and potentially barring them from the veterans' health care system. The Army Board for Correction of Military Records has denied 96 percent of PTSD-related cases, according to an analysis by Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which Mike oversees. "The [review] boards are broken," Mike said. "They are not functioning the way Congress has intended."