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Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond

This entry is part of On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017
Book Review

Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond

by Mr. Chris Bray, US Army Infantry Sergeant & PhD in History from UCLA.

The United States came into existence at a time when the laws of war and governance of the armies which fought them were beginning to take hold and develop. The new nation had only a limited history of warfare: formations of citizen militias to fight off attacks from Native American tribes trying to resist further expansion of the European colonists.

These militia formations consisted of friends and neighbors: volunteers and pressured townspeople or farmers, who had a personal stake in whatever fight they were engaged in. Officers were elected. These citizens taught themselves how to fight and behave as soldiers. It was not uncommon for debates to occur as to the best ways to fight. Once the danger was over, these militias would become dormant or even disband.

To keep up a presence, some would become clubs or social organizations. It was from this core that an American revolutionary army would emerge. And this is the starting point for Chris Bray’s Court-Martial and its chronicle of the evolution of American military law and American military justice. The book is not just for those interested in the history of law. Bray presents a picture of military law attempting to protect the status quo as the world changes.

New book by MLTF member Marjorie Cohn examines military drones and other targeted killing

The latest book by longtime MLTF member Marjorie Cohn — who is also past president of the National Lawyers Guild — is due for release on October 30 and is now available for pre-order from the publisher and book stores/distributors. The book provides an examination of the Obama administration policy of using drones and other methods in targeted killings off the battlefield.

‘Survival Guide’ helps servicemembers and vets gain benefits and services

The National Veterans Legal Services Program has published a 605-page guide (PDF) that is an in depth survey of the problems faced by and servicemembers (and their families), and the benefits and services available to them. It provides tips for navigating the realities of service agencies, so as to access earned benefits.

MLTF’s Executive Director Kathy Gilberd co-wrote Chapter 26 on the particular issues faced by women servicemembers and vets.

Download the guide (PDF)

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Chapter 1 – Basic Survival Skills
Chapter 2 – The Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 3 – Service-Connected Compensation
Chapter 4 – Need-Based Pension for Low Income Veterans or Survivors
Chapter 5 – Explaining the VA Claims & Approval Process
Chapter 6 – VA Attempts to Recover “Overpayments”
Chapter 7 –  Educational Assistance and Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 8 – VA Housing Programs
Chapter 9 – VA Medical Care
Chapter 10 – VA Programs for Veterans’ Family Members and Survivors
Chapter 11 – Employment, Self-Employment and the Small Business Administration
Chapter 12 – Re-Employment Rights and Associated Rights for Time Spent in Military Service
Chapter 13 – Homeless Veteran Programs
Chapter 14 – Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 15 – Upgrading Less-Than-Fully-Honorable Discharges
Chapter 16 – Correcting Military Records and Related Issues
Chapter 17 – Getting Your Military Records
Chapter 18 – Early Discharge or Separation
Chapter 19 – Disability Separation and Retirement
Chapter 20 – Advice for Families and Caregivers of Wounded Servicemembers and Veterans
Chapter 21 – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Chapter 22 – Benefits for Active Duty Servicemembers’ Families
Chapter 23 – Voting Rights Issues
Chapter 24 – National Guard and Reserve Call-Up Issues
Chapter 25 – Family Law Issues for Servicemembers
Chapter 26 – Women Servicemembers and Veterans
Chapter 27 – Overview of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
Chapter 28 – Immigration, Obtaining Citizenship Through U.S. Military Service
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