I joined the reserves, and was injured during basic training. I spent about 8 months on the base, the doctor said it would take at least another six months for my injury to heal, so they sent me home. After about a year and a half I still pain when I try to run or stand for long periods of time so I was discharged. I was originally told I had spent too long on active duty for an ELS so I would be given an honorable discharge, but I was never shown any paperwork stating this. When I got the discharge it stated uncharacterized format 500 (hardship)
I think you need to get a complete copy of any military service and medical records.
If nothing else, there is an issue about whether you would be entitled to veterans benefits, in particular the medical because of an injury on duty.
If nothing else you may need the "reason" for discharge changed to "medical" or something similar.
Uncharacterized discharges are issued for three reasons: entry-level separation (ELS); void enlistment or induction; and dropped from the rolls (DFR). In order for a veteran to received VA service-connected disability benefits, there must be an "other than dishonorable" discharge. For VA purposes, an uncharacterized discharge for ELS would most likely be recognized as "other than dishonorable". Also, as a USAR veteran, IADT would be treated as active-duty for VA benefits purposes.
A veteran in your situation may apply for benefits at the local VA Regional Office.
If you believe your DD-214 is incorrect with regard to the characterization of discharge, you can pursue a correction; however, with regard to applying for VA benefis, you do not need to have the correction made before applying.
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Have you applied for VA benefits? It's unclear to me. If not, you should.
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