2017 NDAA Breathes New Life into Previously Denied ABCMR Requests for Reconsideration

New statutory amendments suggest: 

  • The ABCMR’s one-year deadline now appears to be invalid. 
  • The ABCMR’s one-time reconsideration rule is now appears similarly invalid. 
  • Most importantly, it appears that any applicant who was at one time denied reconsideration purely on timeliness grounds now must be considered by the board so long as they are supported by “materials not previously presented to or considered by the board . . .”
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ABCMR Retroactively Awards Purple Heart and Other Medals to Vietnam Vet

The Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) records recently awarded a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class Unit Citation, and Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle and Machinegun Bars for a Vietnam veteran who petitioned the Board nearly 50 years after he sustained injuries in the Battle for Hill 875.

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