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
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:
“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.”
Great Result! Happy to report that we had success with an Army Reserve AMEDD (orthopedic surgeon) Client’s Unqualified Resignation (UQR). It was finally approved yesterday by Big Army — four and a half months after we started working the case. His honorable discharge orders were cut effective today — 31 October 2018. Happy Halloween!!!
This senior field grade Client tried to move things through on his own for more than a year before he was referred to us in June, and it was a flat out mess. Two levels of command had disapproved his request, and it kept getting sent back down the chain for additional information and work … then back up and back down again. Was driving him — and his wife — nuts …
So, thankfully — with much help from others — we were able to right the ship, focus on the real life story behind the paperwork, and help a good man and officer, who has served his country and everyone around him, long and well. He gets to hang up the uniform today for good — honorably, with grace and dignity … but holy smokes, the Army did not want to let this guy go.
By the way, this Client becomes yet another Gold Star reference if you need or want to speak with him or others who have experienced first hand what our team does and how we work.
Have a good day. We’re here if you need us. Office: 214 363-1828; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1. Military Whistleblower Protection Defense. Client, a senior Active-Duty Army Officer tagged with Reprisal, was recently exonerated on all counts; This one took almost a year and a half to resolve, but extremely happy for my client and grateful for the result;
2. Security Clearance Defense. Two cases moving forward through the system: One for a DoD contractor working overseas with foreign preference and financial guideline concerns. We were asked to come aboard after the hearing to assist with submission of supplemental materials before the Administrative Judge’s final decision. We’re awaiting that decision now; Second matter pending is for an Army officer with a criminal record guideline concern. Defense here focused on mitigation of that old offense while presenting evidence of a solid, trustworthy, responsible individual moving forward since. Currently awaiting the agency’s decision in this case.
3. Reserve Medical Officer Resignation. Our client submitted his Unqualified Resignation (UQR) nearly 15 months ago. Until mid-June of this year, however, when he reached out for help, the packet was still mired in the system, and our client and his wife were extremely frustrated. We’re close to a decision now… but the wait continues;
4. Fitrep Appeal for a Marine SgtMaj. Have the utmost respect for the Marine Corps, but in this case, our client was gutted in a fitrep by a superior… so much so that it effectively ended a brilliant career. We’ve already been to the PERB and denied. We’re now before the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) … with hope that Lady Justice will soon appear!
Seventeen years ago today, I walked into a Dallas County courtroom for morning docket and the Bailiff who was a friend said I might want to go into the court coordinator’s office — “they have a TV on in there.” That’s all he said, but his look said more, so I went and saw and heard the reports of what was happening. I stayed and watched for about half an hour I think, and then headed over to my Army Reserve JAG unit — to do what I had no idea really. But that’s where I felt a need to be.
Over the course of the next few days and weeks, we briefed a readied a bunch of units … and of course, our world and lives changed. It’s been seventeen years now, and a highlight of my career throughout this stretch has been helping outstanding men and women who wear and have worn the nation’s uniform — all of whom, in their own way and time, answered the call. I’m grateful … and on this day especially, humbled. God Bless those we lost. Courage, strength and grace to those who still stand, protect and defend.
JUVENILE–ADULT CRIMINAL COURT CROSSOVER CASE STUDY
Criminal Defense Case Study
Matter: Juvenile – Adult Criminal Court Crossover Case Study
Summary #1: 16 year old Juvenile client charged as a primary accomplice with Burglary of a Habitation/Home Invasion, with firearms being the primary target. Client was IQ intelligent from a good supportive family, had an engaging personality when he chose to use it, and he had a number of things going for him in his life. But, as happens sometimes, the choices he was making weren’t particularly sound.
Result #1: We were able to communicate the client’s good points to the prosecution and probation departments; we got a significant break when the complaining witness filed an affidavit of non-prosecution, and client, to his credit, kept his nose clean for a while — all of which led to an agreed reduction of the charge and no formal punishment being assessed by the court.
Summary #2: Before we actually received the result above in juvenile court, client decided he wasn’t done with the poor choice world, and so got himself arrested for another burglary — this time as a 17 year old,. Under Texas law that qualified him as an adult in Criminal District court. Having a felony conviction on your record as you’re just starting out into the adult world is not a pleasant thing to contemplate, and his future was in some jeopardy.
Result #2: Fortunately, we ran into yet another reasonable prosecutor on this case. He worked with me and the client’s family, and we were able to put together a plan for a diversionary track. Essentially this meant that client would be on a pre-disposition form of probation for about a year, complete various conditions, and stay the course and out of trouble throughout. His family played a huge supportive role, client grew up and met his responsibilities, and the upshot was a felony dismissal with no criminal conviction. He’ll have a clean slate, and be off paper entirely in about 10 months.
Highlights: Sitting down with client and his mother near the end of his diversion period, and having an honest chat with a young man about how he needed to change his conduct and step up — and then seeing him respond.
References: Our client’s mother. Please call our office at 214 363-1828 for further information and contact numbers. You can also read this mother’s testimonial below:
I want to thank Mr. Bill Meili for his help when my son decided to make some extremely poor choices in his life. As a mother, you want your child to have the best start in life and the best possible outcome. Mr. Meili provided stellar legal representation for my son over an extended period, resulting in a positive outcome in both the juvenile and adult criminal courts. The results achieved will allow my son a new start as a young adult. For that, I will always be grateful.
Most importantly, Bill Meili took the time and effort to guide and direct my son in making better life choices which he will carry with him throughout his life. Mr. Meili’s compassion and continued support gave me strength, as a mother, during an extremely difficult time. He worked with great integrity and honesty with my son and our entire family, and he had my son’s best interest in mind at all times.
— Tammy D.
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SHOW CAUSE BOARD OF INQUIRY, UQR, GOMOR and ARMY DASEB REPRESENTATION
Have started 2018 with some good news on several cases for clients, the latest of which is highlighted below. Last month, we were fortunate to receive an approved Unqualified Resignation (UQR) for an Army MSC officer client, and we also heard back from DASEB (DA Suitability Evaluation Board) that another officer client’s request to have his GOMOR transferred to the restricted fiche was granted. That was on a first-time request.
We also received a couple of notices last month where our requests for favorable relief were denied. Both of those cases involved BOI actions for probationary officers (less than 5 years of active federal commissioned service) with no right to a “live” Board, and with allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct as basis for the Show Cause. One of those cases is on appeal.
Earlier this week, I received word from DASEB on another Army officer who I’ve known for more than 4 years. His story is compelling. One of the best officers I’ve had the good fortune to work with over my time as a lawyer. His spirit is undiminished by his long ordeal and his character remains strong and resilient. DASEB granted his second request to transfer a GOMOR. He comes up for a second look at promotion later this year, and I’m pulling that the Army does the right thing with a selection. We would all benefit. My client’s thoughts are shared below in his testimonial.
Thank you, and if you or someone you know has a need, don’t hesitate to give my office a call or shoot an email. v/r Bill Meili
“I contacted Bill Meili over 4 years ago to represent me on a Show Cause Board of Inquiry (BOI) due to a GOMOR being permanently filed in my performance fiche. The Board voted to retain me, but my career was still in doubt because the GOMOR was still in place. Since day 1, however, Mr. Meili has provided sound advice and given me hope that there is still a chance to overcome my long-ago mistake and continue my career. Bill Meili truly cares and ensures that everything is being handled fairly and with respect for the whole person concept. Recently, the Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) gave me relief, transferring my GOMOR to my restricted fiche — again with Mr. Meili as my attorney. It has been a long journey and Mr. Meili has always been available providing sound advice and guidance. It is great to know that there is someone who I may contact if in need. He excels in his craft and genuinely cares. The only regret I have is not contacting him earlier in the process!” JJ CPT, USA
Another good news moment came in end of last month before Thanksgiving. Happy to report that a difficult journey through the legal system for a wonderful young man and his entire family ended happily with the dismissal of the referred charge and a declination of prosecution.
Grateful for all the people involved from extended family, therapists, our investigator, the Assistant District Attorney who worked with me on the matter, and also to the CPS worker and investigating law enforcement agent I spoke to and worked with early on. So many people are involved in a case like this, and it was a privilege to work with them all. My client’s father wrote this about his family’s experience:
“Words cannot describe how Bill has helped our family navigating the ultra complicated legal landscape. My son was in significant trouble and Bill was there with us the entire time advocating, recommending a course of action, and constant follow up with not only us but with all of the involved Legal parties. I can’t explain in a short review the weight that was lifted off of our family’s shoulders with Bill’s assistance.”
If you know anyone needing assistance with a criminal defense matter — adult or juvenile — please consider giving our office a call. Thank you. Bill Meili (214) 363-1828 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org