Endorsements & Opposition
- This bill is broadly supported by military support and advocacy groups.
- The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America offered a letter of support: “We appreciate the bill’s provisions, which aim to ensure proper due process for service members whose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental traumas should have been diagnosed and considered prior to their discharge from the military. Too often, we see our men and women in uniform erroneously receiving an administrative discharge rather than a honorable discharge, due to the traumatic experiences that alter their behavior.”
- In a letter of support, the organization Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma states: “#MaleMST [male military sexual trauma] survivors are often affected by these unfair and weaponized discharges. Often, #MST survivors are given these discharges as a final act of retaliation by their chain of command for reporting a sexual assault.”
- At present, there have not been publicly stated reports of opposition specifically to this bill.
Pate Skene, PhD, JD, Allison Roder, PhD Candidate, & Aubrey Incorvaia, MPP