Defending Those Who Defend Us®

If you can answer that question with a “yes,” then you may be eligible to apply to the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to have your disability rating reviewed, potentially increased, and your separation re-characterized as a disability retirement resulting in valuable benefits to you and your family. What is the PDBR? On, Read More

Social media continues to be a hot topic of debate in many tried cases, raising questions about the legal validity of Facebook posts, tweets and comments on web sites as evidence. Unlike most American citizens, members of the military are held to the highest of standards and the proper use of social media is, Read More

The recent winner of The Miss America Pageant, Kira Kazantsev of New York, has received public admiration for her performance in the “lighting round” of current event questions portion of the competition. Among topics covered included the recent ISIS conflict and Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, but also an allusion to sexual assault in, Read More

If you are an active duty military member, or a spouse, then it is important to know that under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), you have additional safeguards to protect you from an improper foreclosure on your house. The SCRA requires banks and other lenders to take additional judicial steps when dealing with, Read More

Despite perimeters taken to protect servicemembers from financial poaching, it appears that debt collectors, mortgage companies and payday lenders have only become more aggressive. For example, The New York Times reported this past March that military members are more likely to be victims of wrongful foreclosure or improper evictions. A popular tactic among these, Read More

Non-judicial punishment or Article 15 has historically been used as a tool by commanding officers and generals to handle a range of misconduct, from order violations, DUI, fraternization, to even low-level sex crimes.  Whether to offer NJP/Article 15 is at the discretion of the commanding officer or general imposing NJP.  NJP/Article 15 is rarely, Read More