The Military Defender

The Military Defender The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, proudly serves our men and women in uniform around the world. As an experienced military attorney, The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, has the skill, and knowledge to represent you before medical and advisory boards.

When you are charged with a crime in the military, face administrative separation or are undergoing the MEB/PEB process, we will fight hard for you. The Military Defender Legal and Law Firm serves you in Washington DC, Bethesda MD, Fayetteville NC, and San Antonio TX, but our practice is certainly not limited to these areas. Call us today for excellent legal representation around the world. We have represented defendants from all over the globe. As you are deciding which firm to use, give us a call first. Like so many of our satisfied clients, you'll find we typically have more experience that others in our field and have a impressive history of military law victories.

Operating as usual

New Blog Post! Check it out here! http://www.themilitarydefender.net/blog/august-2018-blog-post
08/13/2018
August Blog Post

New Blog Post! Check it out here! http://www.themilitarydefender.net/blog/august-2018-blog-post

08.13.2018 August Blog Post TEACHING TOLERANCE.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has created a program designed to help children  separate fact/fiction on the Internet;  the program director aims to convey “the ability to be fluent, savvy, and safe online.”  WHERE ARE US TROOPS?  A recent ...

06/26/2018

TWO BIG VICTORIES
Recently, the Military Defender successfully obtained special selection board consideration for two field grade officers. Lt Col N will meet a standby board, where his chances of success statistically are greater than 99%. This case was a six-year effort.

Similarly, Major F will take her newly-obtained and improved "definitely promote" OPR into her special selection board very soon.

If you, or someone you know, is in a similar situation, please give us a call today!

Have you or someone you know been affected by Article 93? Read our new blog post below: http://www.themilitarydefender.n...
10/12/2017
The Centurion - A series of pertinent – and impertinent – comments on military justice

Have you or someone you know been affected by Article 93? Read our new blog post below: http://www.themilitarydefender.net/blog/the-centurion-a-series-of-pertinent-and-impertinent-comments-on-military-justice-1-279057450

10.10.2017 The Centurion - A series of pertinent – and impertinent – comments on military justice THE CENTURIONThe other day, we were successful in obtaining a "not guilty" finding in the case of a Marine corporal serving at an overseas embassy. Our client had been charged with cruelty under Articl...

08/21/2017

Let's be careful out there! Don't look at the sun unless your eyes are protected! #eclipse2017

Ok. We're on board with this whole Star Wars day...May the Fourth be with YOU! Who is your favorite character from any o...
05/04/2017

Ok. We're on board with this whole Star Wars day...May the Fourth be with YOU!
Who is your favorite character from any of the movies?

On February 9, 1942, Congress pushes ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing d...
03/10/2017

On February 9, 1942, Congress pushes ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time–called at the time “war time.”

Remember, it's this weekend to Spring Forward!

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you, from all of us at The Military Defender!
02/14/2017

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you, from all of us at The Military Defender!

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year in 2017! From your friends at The Military Defender.
01/01/2017

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year in 2017! From your friends at The Military Defender.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at The Military Defender!
12/25/2016

Merry Christmas from all of us here at The Military Defender!

11/29/2016

Happy Holidays! What's your favorite holiday movie? Post in the comments below!

From all of us at The Military Defender- Happy Thanksgiving!
11/25/2016

From all of us at The Military Defender- Happy Thanksgiving!

10/24/2016

If you or someone you know is or was in the California National Guard and was paid a re-enlistment bonus and the government is now asking for it back, read below! This will take an Act of Congress to get these debts absolved.

The Pentagon is seeking to recover decade-old reenlistment bonuses paid to thousands of California Army National Guard soldiers to go fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The paper reported that nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom risked their lives during multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay the cash bonuses after audits revealed widespread overpayments by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets at the height of the wars 10 years ago.
But soldiers say the military is reneging on old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on those whose only mistake was to accept the bonuses, which amounted to $15,000 or more.

The Army asked wounded Iraq veteran and former Army captain Christopher Van Meter, 42, to repay a $25,000 reenlistment bonus it said he was ineligible to receive. He was also asked to repay $21,000 in student loan repayments.

Van Meter told the paper that rather than fight the Army he paid back the money after refinancing his home.

“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” Van Meter said. “People like me just got screwed.”

The Times reported that 48-year-old Army sergeant Robert Richmond, who suffered permanent injuries in an Iraq roadside bomb attack, is refusing to repay his $15,000 cash bonus. The Army contends he was ineligible to receive the bonus in 2006 because he had already served 20 years in the Army.

“I signed a contract that I literally risked my life to fulfill,” Richmond told the paper. “We want somebody in the government, anybody, to say this is wrong and we’ll stop going after his money.”

Investigations determined that fraud and mismanagement due to poor oversight contributed to the California Guard bonus overpayments, according to the Times.

California Guard officials conceded to the paper that taking back the money from military veterans is distasteful.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy commander of the California Guard, said. “We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

On Sunday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement the Department of Defense should "waive these repayments," and that the House "will investigate these reports to ensure our soldiers are fully honored for their service.”

"It is disgraceful that the men and women who answered their country's call to duty following September 11 are now facing forced repayments of bonuses offered to them. Our military heroes should not shoulder the burden of military recruiters' faults from over a decade ago," he said. "They should not owe for what was promised during a difficult time in our country. Rather, we are the ones who owe a debt for the great sacrifices our heroes have made - some of whom unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice.."

09/19/2016

As you all know, time passes so fast. We have just celebrated 25 years of private practice defending military personnel!! This was after serving for almost 30 years in the USAF. As we are celebrating 25 years, we came across one of our early newsletters. Look at this great quote showering praise on our firm:

Senior Judge Wayne Kastl writes with wit and authority. When an area of the law needs clarification, his opinions become a learning clinic for younger attorneys. I've known of his demonstrated talents as a teacher and coach for years. At a recent judicial conference, his presentation to fellow appellate judges drew rave reviews. I have it on good authority that the Army JAG School agrees -- there are 'four judges' whose opinions are studied with intense interest. Three of them are at the Court of Military Appeals. Judge Kastl is the fourth.

-Keithe E. Nelson, Major General, USAF, The Judge Advocate General

08/29/2016

School is starting or started in many areas across the country. All of us here at The Military Defender urge you to remember and comply with all local laws regarding school buses and children! Stay sharp! And have a great school year kids!!

Whether you're facing a medical board, a court-martial, or administrative separation, it is important to have a concerne...
08/09/2016

Whether you're facing a medical board, a court-martial, or administrative separation, it is important to have a concerned professional who has your best interests at heart and the expertise to ensure victory.

So, after seven years of preparation, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are about to begin! What event are you mo...
08/05/2016

So, after seven years of preparation, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are about to begin!

What event are you most looking forward to?

08/05/2016

As an experienced military attorney, The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, has the skill, and knowledge to represent you before medical and advisory boards.

08/04/2016
Your Military Defender Blog on WordPress.com

Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) Pamphlet
Facing a Medical Board?
You will soon be making some of the most important decisions of your life. A disability/injury rated 30% or more will give you retirement for life — starting now. Unless you have 20 years’ service, anything less than 30 % will give you a one-type severance, with loss of ID card benefits for you and your family.
This booklet can help you. It suggests five steps to protect yourself and your family.
http://yourmilitarydefenderblog.com/medical-evaluation-boa…/

Advanced tactics / strategy for military defense counsel and their clients.

Court MartialIf you have been accused of a crime and are facing court martial, you can get the help you need with us. We...
08/04/2016

Court Martial
If you have been accused of a crime and are facing court martial, you can get the help you need with us. We help in all court martial cases, including summary, special and general court martial for charges including murder, sexual misconduct, grand larceny, AWOL and a range of other court martial offenses.

08/03/2016

If you are undergoing an MEB, we recommend you check out our firm's MEB Pamphlet, which is also downloadable on our blog.

For Army and Navy personnel, the boards meet at the "new" Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Our office is physically only 10 minutes away from the center.

Our winning formula is backed by two, board-certified physicians. One of our doctors, a retired Navy Captain, is a psychiatrist and works with PTSD and similar issues. He has extensive expertise with the VA. Similarly, our second board-certified expert, a teacher at Dartmouth and Tufts medical schools, deals with physical injuries. Each physician is a world-class expert providing a professional analysis of "what ails you" and an accurate reading of the correct percentage for your case.

The law firm works at medical boards, formal PEBs and appeals, as well as the new Physical Disability Review Board.

Judge Kastl is the lead counsel for The Military Defender and he prides himself on an extensive knowledge of military la...
08/02/2016

Judge Kastl is the lead counsel for The Military Defender and he prides himself on an extensive knowledge of military law. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, we serve those who serve us each day. Judge Kastl has lectured at the Army JAG School at Charlottesville, Virginia, and at the Military Judicial Conference in Washington, DC. He has also taught at undergard and graduate school levels, as well as presenting short courses at military judges' conferences. His television appearances, include CSPAN™, among others.

08/02/2016

The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, proudly serves our men and women in uniform around the world in matters of military law, including court martials and record correction.

05/28/2014

When you are charged with a crime in the military, face administrative separation, or are undergoing the MEB / PEB process, we will fight hard for you.

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You are in great hands when you let us defend you in court!
05/23/2014

You are in great hands when you let us defend you in court!

05/22/2014

As an experienced military attorney, The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, has the skill, and knowledge to represent you before medical and advisory boards.

05/19/2014

Judge Kastl is our lead attorney and has a vast amount of experience with the military legal system. Learn more about his military law accomplishments, and rest assured that you have chosen the best in The Military Defender.

http://www.militarydef.net/

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Bethesda, MD
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General information

The Military Defender of Bethesda, Maryland, proudly serves our men and women in uniform around the world in matters of military law, including court martial and record correction. Judge Wayne Kastl retired from the United States Air Force as a senior judge who served as an active duty officer for almost 30 years. He retired as a Lt. Col, and defends both reserve and active duty military members worldwide. In short, we are experts in the Uniform Code of Military Justice

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Sunday 08:00 - 18:00

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800-651-5950

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