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Vet group: Coast Guard wrongly discharged members

Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 12:39 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A veterans group and Yale Law School students say the U.S. Coast Guard routinely violates its procedures and regulations intended to protect service members from erroneous discharges for personality or adjustment disorders.

Vietnam Veterans of America released a report Thursday based on an analysis by the students who looked at a random sample of 265 discharges for the disorders — or about one-third of the total — over 12 years. Of those, the students found 255 failed to comply with Coast Guard regulations in some way.

The report says violations can lead to veterans being denied benefits and stigma in finding work.

Coast Guard spokesman Jordan St. John said the Coast Guard hadn't seen the report and couldn't comment.