Monk v. Mabus

Five Vietnam combat veterans and three veterans’ organizations filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on March 3, 2014 seeking relief for tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans who developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during their military service and subsequently received an other than honorable discharge.

On November 14, 2014, the claims of the five named Plaintiffs were remanded to their respective record correction boards for reconsideration on an expedited schedule ordered by the Court and in light of a Department of Defense policy change issued on September 3, 2014. The Court also dismissed the claims of the organizational Plaintiffs without prejudice to refiling the case. In spring 2015, the respective record correction boards granted upgrades in all five remanded cases. For more information, please follow the links below.


Plaintiffs George Siders and Conley Monk being interviewed on Comedy Central's the Daily Show

Media Coverage

Karen Sloan, Yale Helps PTSD Sufferers, The National Law Journal, July 6, 2015

Alissa Figureoa, A Losing Battle: How the Army denies veterans justice without anyone knowing, Fusion, Fusion Interactive, November 2014

Tom Philpott, Military Update: 80,000 vets with PTSD could gain discharge upgrades, Stars and Stripes, September 18, 2014

Dave Philipps, New Rules May Allow Benefits Long Denied to Vietnam-Era Veterans, New York Times, September 3, 2014

Patricia Kime, Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits, Navy Times, April 9, 2014

John Christofferson, Vietnam Veterans Sue Military Over PTSD, Associated Press, March 3, 2014

Quil Lawrence, Yale Law Students Raise Case For Discharged Vets, NPR, March 3, 2014

Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Television segment on PTSD and Vietnam, January 21, 2014