Can you sue the military for the wrongful death of a loved one?

Can you sue the military for the wrongful death of a loved one?

Losing a family member is always traumatic. What’s worse is that when the family member was serving in the military, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get answers about the service member’s death. In some cases, you may have to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the military to get the answers you need about your family member’s death. Yet, some family members […]

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Staff Sgt. Faces Court-Martial After Fatal West Point Crash

Staff Sgt. Faces Court-Martial After Fatal West Point Crash

Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong, an Army soldier stationed in Georgia, will face a court-martial for her role in an accident that killed 22-year-old West Point Cadet Christopher J. Morgan. The vehicular accident took place on June 6, 2019, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The accident occurred outside the grounds of the academy. Little information has been released as to Staff […]

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Can I Get Chaptered for a GOMOR?

Can I Get Chaptered for a GOMOR?

A General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) is an administrative letter written by a general officer that scolds a soldier for bad behavior. A GOMOR is not a good thing to receive and it can become a part of the soldier’s permanent file. Once a GOMOR is filed, the Army can use that information to file either a chapter action or a show cause board […]

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Consequences of Drug Use in the Military  

Consequences of Drug Use in the Military  

The initial decision to use drugs is a voluntary one that can then spiral out of control into addiction. Addictions alter brain chemistry. This creates changes in a person’s self-control and their ability to resist impulses compelling them to use illicit substances. Unfortunately, drug use is pervasive throughout our culture, including in our military. The difference is that when members of our armed forces abuse […]

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Navy Officer Demoted Following Conviction for Taking Photo Beside Dead Prisoner’s Body

Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was sentenced by a military jury to a demotion and reduction in pay following a conviction for taking a photo beside a dead prisoner’s body. The Navy SEAL was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder in the case of the death of a 17-year-old ISIS prisoner. On July 2, 2019, Navy SEAL Gallagher was acquitted of […]

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Domestic Violence is Now a Distinct Offense in the UCMJ

Until last year, domestic violence was not a recognized crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Servicemembers accused of domestic abuse could be charged under the UCMJ, but they’d face a variety of different charges. Some would be court-martialed for assault, while others were charged with rape or maiming. In 2018, the Uniform Code of Military Justice was formally amended to include domestic […]

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3M Earplugs Lawsuits – What You Need to Know

3M Earplugs Lawsuits – What You Need to Know

Several Army veterans have filed lawsuits against 3M, the company that provided earplugs to the military for more than a decade. The veterans, who suffer from hearing disabilities, believe that the company knowingly sold defective safety equipment to the Army. Now they’re demanding compensation for the pain, suffering, and injuries they’re forced to deal with for the rest of their lives. Veterans of Afghanistan and […]

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Where Should I Get Divorced If I’m In the Military?

Where Should I Get Divorced If I’m In the Military?

Being in the military can be hard on a family. There’s a lot of travel and stress. Sometimes relationships just don’t last. Just because you’re in the military doesn’t mean that you can’t get a divorce. However, the process may be a little more challenging than if you were a civilian. One of the most challenging questions for most servicemembers involves where they should get […]

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Navy Officer Court-Martialed For Role in Wife’s Death

Navy Officer Court-Martialed For Role in Wife’s Death

In 2015, a Navy officer’s wife died after falling seven stories from an apartment building in Belgium. For more than two years, the investigation into her death was led by Belgian officials. Navy officials repeatedly declined to take over control of the case, despite evidence suggesting foul play. However, pressure from high-ranking defense officials forced the military to reconsider its position. The United States recently […]

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Pentagon Embraces New Policy to Punish Cyberbullying

Pentagon Embraces New Policy to Punish Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying isn’t explicitly prohibited in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). However, this hasn’t stopped one branch of the military from taking a firm stance in opposition to this type of behavior. As for as the Marine Corps is concerned, cyberbullying is a violation of military law and policy. Leaders within the branch have made it clear that servicemembers who use social media to […]

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