MILITARY LAW COMMITTEE

Mission

The purpose of the BADC Military Law Committee (MLC) is to advance legal services and justice and fairness for military service members and veterans, and to connect veteran and military organizations and attorneys.

For decades under the leadership of CAPT Kevin J. Barry, (USCG, Ret.), now deceased, the MLC advocated for the basic tenets of justice in the military through friends of the court briefs, assisting service members, and advocating for changes to federal law and regulation.

Committee members and like-minded persons periodically commune at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria, Virginia for Taco Tuesday.

You may join the MLC if a Bar Association of DC member. Law students are welcome. You also may want to know of employers seeking former JAGs or want to join us when we meet for Taco Tuesday.

Contact billaramony @ gmail.com to join the committee and if you want alerts about job opportunities, Taco Tuesday meetings, or other MLC matters.

Events

New Discharge Upgrade Link

https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense are working together and now have posted a new VA link for assistance with upgrading a less than honorable discharge. Eligible veterans are persons discharged because of incidents relating to undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault or sexual orientation. Most individuals with criminal charges and court-martial dismissals aren’t eligible. https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions is the VA link.

Contact an experienced attorney if you need assistance with either VA or BCMR. Specific criteria and circumstances are considered in these matters.

The Veteran’s Pro Bono consortium also offers legal assistance: https://www.vetsprobono.org/

Service Member & Veteran Resources

Are you a service member or veteran with a diagnosis of, or exhibit symptoms of, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other mental health conditions including from sexual assault while in the military? The Veterans Consortium also assists with upgrades of discharges. See https://www.vetsprobono.org/dischargeupgrade/ for additional information. You may contact the Veterans Consortium at: 202-733-3324 or Email: Upgrades @ Vetsprobono.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program trains and provides volunteer attorneys to represent veterans appealing the adverse Board of Veterans Appeals decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). See https://www.vetsprobono.org/about/item.7608-Information_for_Veterans_Service_Officers.

AND THANK YOU. We periodically will know of volunteer opportunities and other service member/veteran focused legal matters and hope to post such information in the future.

Leadership

  • William S. Aramony
    William S. Aramony Chair