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Military discharge: Designation can have material, lasting effects

If you've served the country as a military servicemember, you undoubtedly want that fact noted and appreciated.

For many discharged and retiring military personnel, that simply means an honorable discharge denoted on permanent service records. Securing that designation can have salutary life-long effects. Those centrally include things like the following:

  • Eligibility for educational benefits
  • Access to VA home loan programs
  • Receipt of severance pay and separation-related benefits
  • Advantages in select hiring situations

All that and more can be readily compromised for servicemembers receiving discharges that are not stamped "honorable." Those include bad-conduct, other-than-honorable and dishonorable discharges.

Any military member who has the potential for receiving any such discharge pursuant to an administrative separation hearing might reasonably want to enlist the services of an experienced discharge hearing lawyer. A military discharge designation is a permanent mark that can centrally define an individual in the eyes of acquaintances, employers and many other parties. A less-than-honorable discharge can, in many instances, be forcefully and successfully contested by proven defense counsel well versed in military law and hearing strategy.

A forceful and knowledgeable attorney can provide aggressive and focused representation at every key juncture of a hearing, from initial investigation of the command's case and the collection of relevant evidence to cross-examination of witnesses and the appellate process.

Our firm has for many years aggressively and proudly represented military members across a wide spectrum of military law-related matters. Readers interested in knowing more about the discharge hearing process and our strong client-focused advocacy can obtain relevant information by taking a look at our online Administrative Discharge Hearings page. We welcome your visit.

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