Military Justice

May 12, 2012 - 10:45 AM
In this Monday, May 7, 2012 photo, Ryan Miller holds an undated photograph of himself while serving in Afghanistan in Binghamton, N.Y. Miller, who served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant, knew that deserting his post was a serious crime. But he had a lot more on his mind and heart than than his job. While he was deployed as a cavalry scout in Afghanistan in 2003-2004, Miller's father died, his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and he was facing divorce. During his second tour, this time in Iraq, his best friend was killed by an roadside bomb. Some military justice insiders argue the way Miller's case was handled, which mirrors changes in civilian law for troubled veterans, should become more common as courts-martial deal with service members affected by battle-zone trauma. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)