CVLC Publishes Groundbreaking Report
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) announces the publication of “Discretionary Injustice: How Racial Disparities in the Military’s Administrative Separation System Harm Black Veterans,” a report revealing stark racial disparities in military administrative separations.
Comprising over one million individual separations, Discretionary Injustice draws on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data obtained by CVLC from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, detailing five years (2015 - 2020) of persistent racial disparities in military administrative separations.
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CVLC stands in solidarity with all who are fighting for justice for Black lives and all those working to dismantle racist systems of oppression.
Whether it is supporting World War II veterans who fought against external fascism only to return to Jim Crow or service members who received unjust administrative discharges because of racial discrimination, we cannot achieve justice for veterans without achieving racial justice. CVLC’s focus on ensuring that all veterans can access healthcare, housing, and income is inextricably linked to undoing deeply entrenched, systemic racism.
Together, we can make change. We are honored that fighting for justice is part of what we do every day and we urge you to support other local organizations dedicated to ending systemic racism like: Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), CT Core, Black Lives Matter New Haven and Connecticut Bail Fund.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that impacted veterans, service members, their families, and their caregivers thrive long after they return home.