ARMY SHOW CAUSE BOARDS/BOARDS OF INQUIRY (BOI) DELAYED

Received word today that the Army has decided that all Respondents at Show Cause Boards and counsel have a right to appear in person before a live panel.    While there may be an opportunity for a Respondent in a Board proceeding to waive in person attendance and have the Board held remotely, in person attendance is still a right.

Since DoD has now extended its travel restriction order until 30 June, in-person Boards of Inquiry (BOIs)/Show Cause Boards are likely going to back-log for the next 2 and a half months or more.   As such, there might be some additional opportunity in the upcoming months to negotiate and discuss favorable options with the servicing judge advocate offices in any given Show Cause action.

If you’re currently facing – or expect to be facing — an adverse administrative Show Cause action, now would be a good time to give our office a call.

meililaw.com  info@meililaw.com  Office: 214 363-1828;  Toll Free:  866 578-0164


UPDATE on the SHOW CAUSE, BOARD OF INQUIRY (BOI) for our AMEDD OFFICER CLIENT which we discussed in a post last November |

AMEDD officer’s retention recommendation by a  Field Board of Inquiry (FBOI, BOI) was ratified and adopted by HRC recently.   The Show Cause case is now closed, client’s flag has been lifted, and as a result,  our client was able — earlier this month — to complete and timely file materials for consideration by the AMEDD officer promotion board which convened this week.

Again, we’re extremely grateful for the support and expertise shown by so many over the course of the past year.

If you need help with a looming or pending Show Cause/Board of Inquiry (BOI) action, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office.  Phone: 214 363-1828 or email: info@meililaw.com.

Thanks.  Bill


ANOTHER SHOW CAUSE BOARD OF INQUIRY (BOI) CONCLUDES SUCCESSFULLY FOR AN AMEDD OFFICER CLIENT

Happy to report that an Army medical officer (AMEDD) client received a vote to retain by an officer Field Board of Inquiry this past Thursday.   Grateful for the time, consideration and attention to detail from the members of this Show Cause Board, and equally grateful for the support shown by a wide array of people who weighed in on this case.

We’ll likely have more information to share once the Board’s findings and recommendations are ratified and approved by higher.  Simply wanted to express our thanks here this Thanksgiving week to all those who had a hand in this one.

v/r  Bill Meili,   info@meililaw.com,  214 363-1828 (O)

 


Two Recent UQRs (Unqualified Resignations) Approved for AMEDD Army Reserve Medical Corps Officers

Good news for two Army Reserve Doctors who have served well and faithfully, but who were having some difficulty navigating the UQR process.   Grateful to have been in a position to offer experience and help.

If you, or someone you know, is having trouble with the military’s resignation process, don’t hesitate to contact us.   Email: info@meililaw.com or phone: 214 363-1828.     Thanks.


Naval Aviator UQR, Federal Forfeiture Case, Security Clearance SOR Defense at CAF and DOHA, and Adult and Juvenile Criminal Matters Reduced, Dismissed and Diverted

It’s been a productive month of May:  An active duty Naval aviator client’s Unqualified Resignation request received a favorable endorsement yesterday from a key commander in the approval chain.  We also had a Federal Forfeiture case resolve  favorably this month with a refund of the client’s seized assets before a formal case was ever filed by the prosecuting U.S. Attorney’s office.  In addition,  we heard this week from the DoD office responsible for adjudicating many industrial, security clearance matters (DOHA) that a client’s LOI/SOR will likely be withdrawn based on our  response — again without the client having to go through a formal hearing before an Administrative Judge (AJ).  We anticipate that the client’s access to sensitive, classified information will be fully restored, along with his career as an overseas defense contractor.

And then earlier, two state criminal matters – one adult and one juvenile – were dismissed and diverted.  The ultimate result here will likely be no final convictions on the clients’ records.

For more detailed information on these or other cases, feel free to give us a call any time.  Office Main: 214 363-1828 or email: info@meililaw.com

Thanks, and warm wishes as we head on into the summer months!   v/r Bill Meili


Young Navy Ensign Gets a Second Chance — Here’s His Story

Navy Ensign’s Hopeless Situation Resolved with NPQ chit, Redesignation and Reclassification through a POCR Board              

About one year into my service in the Navy, I became sick with an unknown allergy that was specific to my geographic location. Despite multiple civilian doctors asserting their professional opinions that my issues were caused by my location, my command and medical clinic would not move me. Instead, I was placed on hold status with the hopes I would get better. Having never experienced this before and overcome by the dizziness and recurring infections brought on by my condition, I struggled for a long time with what course of action to take. It was when I had been on hold for almost an entire year that I reached a breaking point and knew I needed to take action.

I stumbled upon Bill Meili’s website – www.meililaw.com – while searching for military lawyer expertise and set up a face-to-face meeting with him. He took the time to listen to my entire story from start to finish, careful to take down every detail. It was clear from the start that he related and sympathized with me – he truly cared for what I was going through.

Having been stuck in a stalemate for months (my physical and mental health deteriorating and my career stalling) he helped me sort through a multitude of options I did not realize I had at my disposal and to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Together, we made a plan based on this information that would help move things forward for me. Along the way, he reached out to significant contacts at my command and sources of information on his end to keep me properly informed and making the correct decisions for my well-being throughout the process.

Fast forward 3 months and my command had granted me a Not Physically Qualified (NPQ) chit and written me orders to a new location and new designator that will keep me out of that region for the rest of my time in the service. I fortunately avoided a MEDBOARD and resignation of my commission, two options that I held as last resorts. I received re-assignment through a Probationary Officer Continuation and Redesignation Board (POCR) and have been reclassified into a new community. My issues have improved tremendously and my career is back on the right track moving forward.

Before I met Bill, my situation seemed hopeless. I was overcome by a sense of helplessness that can be brought on by being part of such a large organization like the military. When I hired him, though, everything changed. I was expecting a lawyer; not only did I get an excellent one but also a partner with whom to navigate my seemingly impossible situation. I would have done anything to get out of the circumstance I found myself in and knowing that Bill was on speed dial to help me navigate whatever challenges each new day brought can only be described as priceless. Should anything ever go awry for me again in the future, Bill will be my first call!         ENS, USN


CASE STUDY — ARMY RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER’S SUCCESSFUL UQR

 

ARMY RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER UQR (Unqualified Resignation) APPROVED, HONORABLE DISCHARGE ORDERS CUT

Matter:  UQR (Unqualified Resignation) for Army Reserve Medical Corps (AMEDD) Officer

Service:  Army Reserve

Summary:  Our Client, a senior field grade medical doctor, tried to move things through the system on his own for more than a year before he was referred to us.  The situation was a flat out mess.  Two levels of command had disapproved his request, and to add insult to injury, his request and paperwork kept getting sent back   down the chain for additional information and work … then back up, and back down again.   After twelve   months of this, things got the point where it was simply maddening – for the Client and his wife.

We began by opening lines of communication with Client’s local unit, while simultaneously reaching out to JAG assets at both Brigade and the Group/Division level.    While the local unit command and full-time support staff was open, candid and fully supportive, battalion and brigade commanders were a problem.  For reasons which bordered on the arbitrary and capricious, both the battalion and brigade commanders,    disapproved Client’s request, despite the fact that he had served for seventeen total years and had deployed to combat theaters multiple times.   Thankfully, the JAG relationships established at the higher command levels proved far more reasonable and responsive, and, as a result, we were able to secure a general officer recommendation for approval, after favorable input from the command surgeon’s office.

The next stop was to secure endorsements from levels within USARC G-1.  Normally a fairly smooth and brisk process, this time Client’s packet stalled.  More than 2 months passed and still we hadn’t seen that critical G-1 thumbs up.

Result:  After several weeks of carefully sustained maneuvering and some diplomatic pressure, together with outstanding support from JAG and AG at Bragg, we finally got the green light.  The following day, final approval came from the GO level.  The next day Client had honorable discharge orders in hand … 17 months after he initiated his request on his own, and nearly 5 months after he came onboard with us.

Highlights:  With the help of literally a team of dedicated professionals, we were able to right the ship, focus on the real life story behind the paperwork, and help a good man and officer, who served his country and everyone around him, long and well.  Client was afforded the opportunity – albeit with an inexplicable delay at the mid-range command levels – to leave service honorably,  with grace and dignity.   Many thanks, therefore, are once again due to everyone involved in this one.

References:  Please call us at 214-363-1828 or email us for further details and contact information.  Our Client would be happy to speak about his first hand experience with what our team does and how we work.  Client’s testimonial follows:

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As a senior field grade officer and orthopedic surgeon in the Army Reserve, I had 17 years and three deployments to the war zone when my obligation was complete. The Army’s plan of more deployments and to keep me in the program was not compatible with my family and civilian career goals so I decided to try obtaining an unqualified resignation (UQR).

The UQR process looks to be a smooth one on paper, but between my local unit’s inexperience with the process and the intermediate command chain’s reluctance to help I found it to be more akin to a nightmarish obstacle course. Paperwork moving up and down the chain and jumping through hoops one after another, only to find that the hoops were in fact moving the whole time.  I found myself in a casino of sorts…the stakes were high but I couldn’t see the door and didn’t know what time it was.  After a whole year of this my family and I were exhausted by frustration.

When failure seemed inevitable, I reached out for legal help and was referred to Mr. Bill Meili, a retired JAG Colonel with both reserve and active duty experience.  He was and is the real deal.  He was fair and transparent from the start which was so refreshing, since I was feeling extremely leery at this point.  After meeting with my family, which provided such peaceful relief to them, he calmly pieced the puzzle together and helped us form a plan.  I found him to be well connected in all branches and levels of the Army which enabled him to massage my packet along the pathway with ease.  We had a few laughs along the way, and we also had a few “honest conversations.”  He skillfully sniffed out the bull and applied pressure … at just the right time and place … until finally we reached success.

Perhaps more important than the skillful handling of the Army spider web, was the compassion and patience he showed to me and my family.  I didn’t know how frazzled we had become over that frustrating year, but he helped us find calm courage to stay the course. I found Bill to be genuine, personable, and approachable and now a friend. I had an exceptional experience and recommend Mr. Meili at the highest possible level.”

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