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DD214 Corrections for LGBTQ+ Veterans: Discharge Upgrades, Records Corrections, and Name Changes

Webinar in partnership with Swords to Plowshares

DD214 Corrections for LGBTQ+ Veterans

DD214 Corrections for LGBTQ+ Veterans

Background image by Samuel Branch on Unsplash

Information and program resources below:


With the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) and the military transgender ban, there have been some developments with the Department of Defense's military records correction boards policies toward LGBTQ+ veterans. The ABA is partnering with Swords to Plowshares to provide a free webinar that will cover step-by-step advice on how to pursue a discharge upgrade or change in the reason for separation for those separated under DADT and previous discriminatory policies. The webinar will also cover the process of correcting DD214s to reflect the legal name today for trans-identified veterans who served under a different name. Lastly, we will allocate time to answer questions from the audience on how to navigate this process for yourself and your clients. This webinar will be useful to legal practitioners, veteran service officers, individual veterans, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the real-world application of the policy changes that resulted from DADT repeal.


Program Material


  • ABA Free Legal Resources for Veterans
    New federal website for financially eligible veterans, who can submit questions about veterans’ federal legal issues—such as discharge upgrades, VA disability, and other VA benefits—and receive answers from pro bono attorneys with VA accreditation. 
  • Military Discharge Upgrade Legal Practice Manual
    A comprehensive guide to representing veterans with less-than-honorable or otherwise stigmatizing discharges before military review boards.
    Now available for pre-order and is available for sale on July 7.


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