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.
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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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