The Military Law Matters Podcast, hosted by Ferah Ozbek, Esq (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)
Have you ever been accused of misconduct that had no basis? Have you ever been under investigation or faced court-martial charges? What about having a spouse file for divorce while you’re deployed? Perhaps you have been discharged unfairly and now you want to correct the characterization. Or you are a reservist and your civilian employer terminates you because of a deployment.
When not handled properly, these matters can have a devastating impact on your future. It’s critical to know how to protect yourself, be proactive, and attack legal issues correctly and intelligently from the start.
You need to know how to fight injustice.
Too often the people who serve our country are victims of a confusing, complex legal system. Military Law is a specific area of legal study that few understand and even fewer can explain. The Military Law Matters Podcast aims to arm the military community with knowledge so that our nation’s heroes know their rights and can live and work in the manner they deserve.
Hosted by Ferah Ozbek, the MLM Podcast will dive deep into military law topics ranging from military criminal law to civil suits, from divorce and military pensions to estate planning and how to correct errors in your official records. We face issues that specifically and directly impact members of the military and their families — head-on and straightforward.
The goal of each episode is for the listener to feel armed with knowledge, know their rights, and have resources to get the help they need.
Meet the Host: Ferah Ozbek
Ferah Ozbek is a retired Judge Advocate who served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. She cares when military members face injustice because she knows that it affects not only their careers but also impacts their lives and the lives of their families.
In each episode, Ferah discusses a legal topic that personally affects military members at some point in their careers, as well as veterans who are fighting an injustice. She interviews a variety of lawyers whose practices focus on helping the military community, many of whom are veterans or retirees themselves. They can relate to the problems that military members face while serving their country.
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Episode 013 Interview of Hugh Spires who is a retired USAF active duty JAG. Hugh has expertise in the disability evaluation system and walks us though each step of the system. Learn about the MEB, IPEB and FPEB and what you need to know to protect your rights as you...read more
Episode 012 Interview of Tom Clare whose practice is devoted to vindicating clients against reputational attacks in print, broadcast and online media outlets. Tom represents military officials who are targeted in hostile media investigations and who are subjects of...read more
MLM 11: Attorney David Lowenstein: Are you going through the VA Appeal Process —know your rights if you have filed a VA Claim
Episode 011: Interview of David Lowenstein, a former Senior Appellate Attorney at the Veterans Affairs General Counsel's office. David now uses his past experience to represent veterans with the claims process and with their Appeals at the VA and US Court of Appeals...read more
MLM 10: Attorney John Howley: How USERRA protects your job when you are activated in the Guard or Reserve
Episode 010: Interview of John Howley who is a trial lawyer in NYC. John has extensive experience in labor and employment law. John talks about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) and explains why you need to know about USERRA if you are a...read more
Episode 009: Interview of Dana Jacobson, a retired USAF Reserve JAG who is the managing partner of the Jacobson law firm. As part of his practice, Dana has expertise in estate planning and probate. Many of Dana's clients are active duty and retired military...read more
MLM 08: Attorney Mark Sullivan: Navigating the military pension division when you are getting a divorce
Episode 008: Interview of Mark Sullivan, a retired US Army Reserve JAG who practices family law and has decades of experience in family law and military pension division. Military divorces are very complicated--you need to know the law and your rights. Mark goes over...read more
Episode 07: Interview of Davis Younts, a former active duty USAF JAG and criminal lawyer who represents military members. Davis also a reserve USAF JAG. Davis discusses two courts-martial cases where he defended a soldier and an airman and delivered justice to his...read more
Episode 06 In this episode, I will discuss the Board for the Correction of Military Records or BCMR. The BCMR for each service has the authority to review and correct the personnel records of current and former members of the each military service. Records include...read more
Episode 05 In this episode, I will discuss the Officer Grade Determinations or OGDs. If you are an officer in any service of the armed forces and have substantiated misconduct in your official records, it is possible that you will be retired in a lower rank than that...read more
Episode 04 In this episode, I discuss the Discharge Review Board (DRB), the DRB gives former military members the chance to request a review of their discharge within 15 years of the date of separation. The DRB reviews a veteran's administrative discharge and can...read more
Episode 03 In this episode, I will explain how to survive a criminal military investigation Part II: The Do's and Don'ts. Arm yourself with knowledge so you don't become a victim of...read more
Episode 02 In this episode, I will explain how to survive a criminal military investigation Part I: The Do's and Don'ts. Arm yourself with knowledge so you don't become a victim of injustice....read more
Episode 01 In this episode, I will explain 5 reasons you should ask for a lawyer when you are read your Fifth Amendment and Article 31 rights. You will be surprised to learn why you should Always ask for a lawyer, even if you are innocent....read more
Episode 00 In this first episode, I will discuss what the Military Law Matters Podcast is all about. The Military Law Matters podcast empowers you to take charge of legal issues you are facing, from court-martial charges to divorce proceedings and military pension...read more
Disclaimer: The attorneys on the podcast are licensed attorneys and highly skilled in their areas of legal practice. However, their advice on the show is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice to your situation as each case is different. If you need legal advice, you should consult with an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.