Army colonel turned-Congressman wants the military to go easier on troops who smoke pot.

While marijuana remains illegal under federal law and the UCMJ, military members who test positive for THC are routinely pushed from the military with an Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge. An OTH is the worst administrative discharge a servicemember can receive and has serious impacts on a veteran’s benefits. For example, an OTH will deprive a veteran of all education benefits from both the VA and (most) states, to include the GI Bill.  

Servicemembers should NEVER waive rights that result in their accepting an OTH without speaking to an attorney first.  If you or a loved one are facing discharge due to marijuana use, or any other reason, please reach out to an attorney experienced in military law

Navy Secretary Censures Retired Admiral, Punishes Other Officers for USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

“I am extremely disappointed that the Navy, to which I dedicated and devoted 35 years of service, has abandoned me for political expediency. Every officer, commander and leader should now be on notice.”

As has been widely reported in the media, the Navy has relieved and disciplined a record number of leaders in the last eighteen months. Retired Vice Admiral Brown was the latest victim of this culture of accountability and raises the alarm for all active duty leaders. VADM Brown was well past his planned retirement when SECNAV decided to censure him, a censure that had no impact on the VADM’s retirement benefits or rank. This, coupled with the fact that VADM Brown was not even offered the opportunity to be interviewed by Navy investigators, caused him to take the unusual step of expressing his displeasure with the navy’s effort at “political expediency.”
  If you or a loved one find yourself in the crosshairs of a military investigation, please get help from an attorney experienced in military law. In those circumstances, you simply cannot rely upon the service to which you have “dedicated and devoted” your career to return that loyalty.

Mental Health Discharges Can Now be Reconsidered. We Can Help.

Mental Health

EXCELLENT NEWS for Sailors and Marines discharged with an OTH or GEN discharge who have a diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, or other mental health conditions related to their service, OR have records documenting similar symptoms at the time of discharge that are attributable to their military service.

Under a new legal settlement, these individuals will have their discharge upgrade applications reviewed AUTOMATICALLY by the Navy Discharge Review Board! 

Some eligible Sailors and Marines will receive notifications of their eligibility and instructions on how to reapply. But many of those eligible will not! So, please help us get the word out to them and their loved ones!

For more information on the settlement and eligibility criteria, click here or contact an experienced military attorney. 
There are veteran legal services that will assist veterans with this program on a pro bono (no fees charged) basis. Click:  here for information on King Military Law’s Pro Bono Program.