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By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Vietnam veterans advocacy group says in a federal lawsuit in Connecticut the military has failed to correct the wrongful discharges of thousands of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The 65,000-member Vietnam Veterans of America on Monday joined a proposed class action lawsuit against the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The lawsuit was filed last year by a veteran from New Haven. It says Vietnam veterans suffered PTSD before the condition was recognized and were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions that made them ineligible for disability compensation and other benefits.

The U.S. attorney’s office says it’s reviewing the matter and will respond in court. A Department of Defense spokeswoman says the agency is committed to addressing concerns related to PTSD and has conducted assessments of service members at military treatment facilities.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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