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John Shepherd, a Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2004. Shepherd filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to get the Army to modify his other-than-honorable discharge so that his sacrifice will be recognized and he can get disability benefits.
John Shepherd, a Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2004. Shepherd filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to get the Army to modify his other-than-honorable discharge so that his sacrifice will be recognized and he can get disability benefits. (Courtesy of John Shepherd/AP)

A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder filed a federal lawsuit trying to get the U.S. Army to modify his other-than-honorable discharge so that his sacrifice will be recognized and he can get disability benefits.

John Shepherd, 63, says he battled alcoholism and struggled to stay employed for 40 years, but was not diagnosed with the stress disorder until 2004.

“My other-than-honorable discharge has made me feel deeply ashamed for many years,’’ Shepherd said.

Read "Vietnam veteran sues to change discharge status" by The Associated Press.

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