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Unfortunately yes, that is correct. Someone separated with a separation that states "under honorable conditions" did not actually get an Honorable Discharge. They got a General under honorable conditions discharge. That is one step lower and indicates at least some issue of misconduct or performance that led to a separation.
While that level of discharge still allows for VA benefits for disability and obtaining a VA home loan, it is not allow for the GI Bill. You can only get the GI bill if your discharge is an Honorable Discharge.
Your son can always attempt to upgrade the discharge through a DD Form 293 (for the first 15 years after separation) or a DD Form 149. He would have to allege that the General discharge was an error or an injustice.
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