(CNN) Jason Brezler is an elite New York firefighter. He is also a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, who has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So why is Maj. Brezler facing possible discharge on less than honorable terms after serving 13 years with the Marines?

He is accused of mishandling classified information and faces an investigation that could determine his future.

“For a man like Jason Brezler, being asked to separate from the Marine Corps that he loved so much would be an even worse punishment than jail,” said Kevin Carroll, Brezler’s attorney, a former CIA officer who is providing Brezler pro bono representation along with his law firm Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan.

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