Final Update on Army Doctor’s Resignation: Honorable Discharge Order to Take Effect 1 September 2011

In our June 2011 Archives, I published a note about the difficulties some officers — even non-obligated officers — face when trying to discharge from further service. Last week, after nearly four months of fairly rigorous follow-through and follow-up, word came down that a Client’s Unqualified Resignation had been approved. Her Honorable Discharge order was cut that same day, and forwarded on to us promptly. Our Client has written a testimonial — pasted below — describing her experience with the firm and with the process.

If you’re considering resigning your commission — whether you’re in an obligated or non-obligated status — please consider calling our firm. I’ll be happy to discuss your situation with you candidly, thoroughly, and in confidence. Perhaps then, together, we can map out a way forward as was done for our wonderful Client/Anesthesiologist in the instant case.

Please visit the website (linked on this Blog page) at Meililaw.com for further information and a link to other Client Testimonials/Reviews.

Respectfully,

William C. Meili
COL (Ret.) JA, USAR
Attorney and Counselor at Law
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1090
Dallas, TX 75206

214 363-1828 0830 to 1730 Monday thru Friday.
214 536-3888 For emergencies, after-hours and weekends,
or email at info@meililaw.com
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AN ARMY DOCTOR’S EXPERIENCE WITH AN UNQUALIFIED RESIGNATION REQUEST

Effective on September 1, 2011, I finally obtained my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves. I had been trying to resign my commission as a medical officer in the Army Reserves since 2006 without success. My efforts to do so were repeatedly thwarted by a bureaucracy that, when not openly hostile, was completely indifferent. In addition, I was hampered by an understanding of all things ‘Army’ that was minimal at best. Even after the expiration of my service obligation in 2008, I was unable to get the Army to advance my resignation request. Occasionally I would come across someone who actually seemed as if they wanted to help, but it never amounted to anything beyond a sympathetic ear. Navigating the endless maze of commands with any consistency was next to impossible for me given my demanding position as an attending Anesthesiologist in a very busy academic medical center. Then, in March 2011, I received orders to report for Soldier Readiness Processing along with a letter threatening separation for non-participation. It was at that point I realized I had to get help. To my great good fortune, Bill Meili was recommended to me.

Bill analyzed my situation, advised a plan of attack, and then executed that plan flawlessly to secure my Honorable Discharge. The level of communication was amazing. At no time did I ever have to wonder what was happening with my case as a day rarely passed that I did not receive at least one text, email or phone call with an update.

Within days of Bill taking my case, my orders were cancelled. Within just a few weeks, he accomplished something I hadn’t been able to do on my own in 5 years – I was scheduled for exit counseling with my commander. During my exit counseling, I was told that it would take a minimum of six months for my discharge. I was also told that if I came up for deployment before final approval of my resignation, it would be shelved until 12 months after my return. Given the obstructionist tactics I’d dealt with previously, my spirits sunk on hearing this. Bill, however, seemed invigorated by the challenge. He developed and maintained relationships with people within the chain of command which ensured my resignation packet moved quickly from one stage to the next. As my packet moved up to the higher levels of command, he was there to hand deliver it to the appropriate person and obtain the requisite signature. As a direct result of his supreme dedication and intimate knowledge of ‘all things Army’, I had my Honorable Discharge in hand barely 5 months after the day I first consulted him.

During those five months, I came to look upon Bill Meili not only as my attorney and representative, but as a friend who was as invested in a favorable outcome as I was. His infectious confidence, humor and personal interest in my life apart from my Army situation kept me going. I am eternally grateful for his help.

God Bless!

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Client Care — A Mom’s Perspective

The below testimonial reflects a mother’s feelings about my representation of her son in a case concluded earlier this month. Nearly twenty years ago — when I was considering going out on my own into private practice — a friend, fellow lawyer, and one of the best men I know, gave me some wise counsel. He said, “Bill, people will always care much more about how you treated them during the course of the representation, than they will about the final result.” It took me a while to believe him, But he was — and is — 100 percent on target. ___________________________________________________________________
A MOTHER’S TESTIMONIAL:
As the story goes we don’t know quite where to begin…..

Faced with the facts of a situation we as a family would have never dreamed possible, there we were. Charges being filed against our son for agg sex assault of a child, something that happened in our family while he was younger, but never told until he was already an adult. Now law enforcement wants him transferred and processed as an adult. Torn to pieces in our hearts– charting territory we never dreamed of– there we were face to face with the judge. The judge asked us if our son had an attorney, we said he did not, he instructed us to contact a William C. Meili, said to call him right away, we did. My husband spoke to his secretary, and within 15-20 minutes he called us right back. We were shocked. In this day and age, when does that happen? He wanted to know if we could meet with him since he was still in the court building. We had just left but naturally we turned around and made our way back to the courthouse. That was the beginning of a glimmer of hope for our family. We were in semi-shock I believe through the beginning of this whole ordeal. Mr. Meili, greeted us in away that is really hard to explain, in fact as I am writing this all the feelings of that day come flooding back and I remember us sitting there and the compassion I could feel coming from this man and his desire to protect our son, protect his rights as an American citizen — we left believing he truly would do everything the law allowed to help us.

Mr. Meili kept in contact with us, which again I was taken back, we had never had an attorney before, but had heard from others their experiences and we were grateful we were not having this same experience, especially bearing in mind the amount of stress we were already under. I could call him or text him and he always responded right back. His good humor was a warm welcome. One of the kindest things was his concern for our whole family not just our son, he was concerned for our daughter as well, and met with her on different occasions and this really helped keep us together, as we felt we were falling apart. Over the months he represented my son, he never wavered encouraging us. As time went by, Bill Meili developed a strategy which we all agreed would best protect our son’s future, and we had no doubt in our minds that he had done everything possible for our entire family, not just his client our son.

We will always be grateful to Bill. During the darkest time in our lives, he never once looked down on us, and I, as a mother, will never forget that.

Anonymous
Dallas, TX

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If I can be of assistance to you, a family member, colleague or friend in need, please don’t hesitate to give my office a call:

Respectfully,
William C. Meili
COL (Ret.) JA, USAR
Attorney and Counselor at Law
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1090
Dallas, TX 75206

214 363-1828 0830 to 1730 Monday thru Friday.
214 536-3888 For emergencies, after-hours and weekends,
or email at info@meililaw.com