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How a Discharge Upgrade Helps Veterans Get Jobs

Posted September 4th, 2019 in Military Discharge Upgrades

Employment discrimination against veterans who were discharged for relatively minor reasons continues to be a problem for veterans seeking jobs in the United States and overseas. A less than honorable discharge, unless upgraded, follows a veteran around for the extent of their civilian careers.

People often contact our discharge upgrade lawyers to try to upgrade based on having been denied civilian jobs due to an other-than-honorable discharge. During background checks, employers might see red flags when a veteran was not discharged honorably.

Many veterans who have lived honorable lives since their discharges feel they’re being unfairly discriminated against based on a single incident that happened when they were 18 or 19 years old. A decade later, many of them since have had families and need to find a good job to be able to support their children. They want to get their discharge upgrade in order to secure more promising careers.

Whether the reason for the discharge involves drug use, theft, fraud, or something else entirely, an employer might be hesitant to hire the veteran. This type of employment discrimination can happen even if the incident happened more than a decade ago. In today’s competitive job market, veterans with less-than-honorable discharges are at a disadvantage for employment opportunities and career advancement.

Veterans who successfully upgrade their discharges are more likely to be able to get jobs they would otherwise not be considered for. They can also be eligible to utilize their GI bills to pursue an education in a new field for career advancement.

If you want to consult with a discharge upgrade attorney about whether hiring a lawyer is the right choice for your circumstances, you can sign up for a consultation online.

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