Army Reconsiders Discharge of Green Beret

The Army is reevaluating the case of Afghanistan and Iraq veteran and Green Beret Tim Brumit, who was paralyzed when he broke his neck diving headfirst into shallow water after he believed he saw a girl drowning. The Army judged that his actions were reckless because of alcohol and drugs. The Daily Beast reported last week that he had less than a month to get that determination overturned or face an “other-than-honorable” discharge from service, with the potential loss of military medical care. After The Daily Beast’s story, Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo reportedly asked U.S. Army Human Resources Command to “reconsider” the decision. He wrote, “[T]here are unknown factors that likely contributed to SFC Brumit’s momentary lapse in judgment that resulted in his life-long paralysis. Based on the totality of the circumstances, a review of these unknown factors warrants reconsideration.”