Military Law: Alive Again

For 18 years, ex-Navy Steward Hubert Ashe had to live with the harsh consequences of a dishonorable discharge. Though he had served from the Sicilian invasion to the Japanese occupation, Ashe was barred from 46 Government benefits, including free education, hospitalization, housing, unemployment compensation and burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Like other ex-servicemen in the same fix, Ashe had no right of appeal in any court. It was, he says, "really like dying."

Defense v. Offense. Now 42 and a Boston lathe operator, Ashe feels he has come back to life. In a precedent-setting decision, his dishonorable discharge has...

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