It Might Be Time for an IRR Status Check

In light of changing times and administrations, here’s a blog post I drafted about 5 years ago. The info still holds. If you’re in the IRR and past your 8 year statutory obligation — (your MSO) — you might want to check your current status. I can help with that. Also, if you know someone in the Army nearing his or her MSO, please feel free to pass this on. Thanks. v/r, Bill

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Busy, Rewarding, Successful Past Six Months at Meili Law

Here’s a quick sample of what’s been on our plate at the office this past half year.   We greatly appreciate the continued trust, support and good will of our clients, their families and friends, and for the great people of this country who wear the uniform.
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 1.    February 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Board withdrawn as a result of negotiations and response to Show Cause — client retired honorably with full medical benefits;
2.    March 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Show Cause Board held with unanimous vote to retain.  Officer continues an 11 year active duty career;
3.    March 2015 — Appeal to the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR) to challenge a GOMOR;  restored honor to a career 0-6 professional;
4.    April 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Board was withdrawn as a result of negotiations with other side and our rebuttal brief to the GOSCA – General Officer Show Cause Authority, officer retired honorably with full medical benefits;
5.    April 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Show Cause Board held with unanimous vote to retain.  Officer retired honorably with full medical benefits after 18 years service;
6.    May 2015 — Appeal brief to the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB);  Seeking to change an Uncharacterized discharge to Honorable;  Case pending an in-person hearing before the Board;
7.    June 2015 — Another appeal brief to the ADRB;  Seeking to change a General discharge to Honorable for PTSD medical reasons versus the misconduct discharge issued;  Case pending record review;
8.   July 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result: Board postponed as a result of preliminary negotiations with JAG, Case pending an alternate, non-punitive, administrative resolution;
9.   Aug 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer: Senior officer’s 25 year career in the balance;  Case pending;
10. Sept 2015 —  Appeal to DASEB to have officer’s GOMOR transferred to the restricted fiche;  Case pending review;  and
11. Sept 2015 —   Appeal to the Secretary of the Navy (ASN, M&RA);  Seeking to have Client’s debt remitted;  We’ll submit the appeal brief to the Pentagon later today.
That’s it in a nutshell.  Onward and Upward!     Bill

RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HIS UQR EXPERIENCE

For two (2) years I attempted to resign my AMEDD commission from the APMC (USAR). In that time, I was plagued with road blocks at every turn; repeated failure of support staff to follow-up on paperwork, letting paperwork lapse; left hand not knowing what the right hand was or wasn’t doing; all of which ultimately resulted in the restarting of the process multiple times. After my third attempt to resign, I was referred to Bill Meili — retaining his services was, without question, the best decision I made in the UQR resignation process. In approximately three (3) months, he was able to do what I could not do in the previous 2 years — obtain for me an Unqualified Resignation — UQR — and Honorable Discharge from further military service. Throughout the entire process, Mr Meili was responsive to all forms of communication, and would update me in real-time to all the changes — good and bad — with the ongoing process.  I would recommend Bill Meili to anyone considering separation from the Armed Services.  His effort, professionalism and dedication to my case were worth every dollar spent.    

Dr. B.  A very satisfied client.


Recent Good News on Medical Corps AMEDD Officer UQR Resignations

Update and Some Good News on Medical Corps Officer Resignations

After three months of advocacy for a Reserve medical corps officer, we received word yesterday that his UQR — Unqualified Resignation — had been approved. Quick backstory: Client initially tried to handle his resignation (UQR) himself. After 2 years and much frustration, he was referred to me. On 21 July 2014, after a month of backgrounding and prep, I submitted his revised UQR request, and then began working with all necessary headquarters and staff sections along the approval trail, advocating for the client and telling his story — fully and fairly — at each juncture. In just over two months we had a UQR approval and orders in hand. Very gratifying, especially in light of the news reported in my previous post (copied below). If you have been running into difficulty with a resignation request, or if you’re considering filing a UQR, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. I’d be more than happy to discuss your situation, and see how I might be able to help. Very respectfully,  Bill Meili   COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law  —   Office:  214 363-1828;  Cell: 214 536-3888;  Email: info@meililaw.com

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From discussions this past week with knowledgeable sources, the Army Reserve broadly has decided to give UQR requests greater scrutiny than at any time within the past twenty four to thirty six months.  Simply put, the difficulty navigating the many tiers and layers of an AMEDD officer’s local unit, APMC, APMC’s higher headquarters, then USARC and/or HRC for any given resignation request, has just ramped up appreciably.

If you are a Reserve medical corps asset — a doctor, physician or health care provider generally who has – or has completed – a STRAP or HPLRP obligation, and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to discharge your military service obligations successfully, please consider contacting me for a consult and further discussion about the UQR process.  There remains a way out; but more than ever, it’s important to bring on a seasoned professional to analyze, craft and then guide your Unqualified Resignation request through the bureaucratic maze.

Please call at your convenience for a complete, confidential and complimentary consultation.  Additionally, we have a number of former AMEDD clients who are more than happy to discuss their experiences with our firm.

Very respectfully,  Bill Meili   COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Office:  214 363-1828;  Cell: 214 536-3888;  Email: info@meililaw.com;

Website: http://www.meililaw.com


Taking Care of Clients

Good evening folks.

I had been working a few matters earlier today, when my daughter texted a
question. “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received,” she asked. Well,
I had to think about that. Thought about it pretty much all day, and I just
responded back to her. Thought I’d share it here. I got it from a friend I’ve
always held in the highest regard — Judge William Sowder from Lubbock, Texas
when he was still in private practice, and I was just hanging out my shingle about 21 years ago. I think Bill got it from his Dad, a long-time, well loved attorney in Lubbock in his own
right.

Though I didn’t believe it fully at the time, I’ve come to realize that it’s right on the
money. Here’s what Bill told me:

“It’s not the final result that most clients care about, so much as how they feel they were treated and taken care of by you — their attorney — over the course of the representation that matters most.”

That general wisdom and advice probably applies to most fields of endeavor and
relationships generally. It’s certainly good stuff to chew on as July fades to August here in North Texas. As always, Bill


Testimonial — Exemption From Involuntary Mobilization — Navy Officer

Exemption From a Navy Involuntary Mobilization — Testimonial

Being contemporaneously in the military reserves and at a critical juncture in your civilian job, and then being mobilized, is a nightmare that recently found its way into the reality of my life. After 16 years in the Air Force and now Navy (both active duty and Reserves), I was facing a one year mobilization to Afghanistan. My situation was difficult as I am employed overseas in a company that does not follow US law. As an executive in the company, I was told that my job would not be guaranteed upon my return. Further, because I worked overseas and my family was stateside, the mobilization would be doubly detrimental. I, therefore, sought Mr. William Meili’s assistance.

From the first telephone conversation Bill treated the situation with very great professional and personal aplomb. All options were presented and discussed with my spouse and me. While considerable work was done electronically and by phone the initial discussion was up close and personal. Bill flew to my home state in order to interview both my spouse and myself-together and alone. Virtually, every stone was turned over and examined. A punch list was developed with assignments and timelines since I was given only 6 weeks to mobilize and my daughter’s wedding was within that timeframe. It was a very stressful period. Local command was not sympathetic, nor was a Review Board.

This did not deter Bill from ferreting out the possibilities. Of course, being a veteran of the service and a seasoned JAG officer, his insider knowledge was a tremendous asset. His contacts in military personnel and command hierarchy make him uniquely positioned to adjudicate such difficult issues. He was relentless with follow-up, which included weekends, and staying on point, which mitigated much of the anxiety that I and the family were experiencing. His advice was not only consoling but pragmatic — never over the top, but cautiously optimistic. The entire process was a unified partnership.

The entire formal process took 6 weeks to investigate, prepare and submit. Behind the scenes Bill quietly and effectively worked his contacts for guidance as well as support. It all came together with an outcome that was positive for all parties.

Since that time Bill has remained in contact with me regarding my status and whether there have been any follow up problems.

In sum, Bill Meili is not only the expert when it comes to dealing with thorny issues involving military duty and complex civilian career situations, but also a down-to-earth human being who makes every effort to get the job done in a compassionately professional manner.

I cannot recommend him highly enough. He stands out in the legal profession.


Show Cause Board of Inquiry Testimonial From a Relieved Army Wife

Re our 1 Feb 13 Post re the successful Board of Inquiry at Ft. Bragg, please see the below from our Client’s grateful and very much relieved wife. Call us as soon as you can if you or a loved one face one of these career ending “Show Cause” Board actions. This is definitely not something you want to handle by yourself. Best, Bill Meili — Office: 214 363-1828. Cell: 214 536-3888
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Testimonials
SHOW CAUSE – BOI THANKS FROM AN ARMY WIFE

I strongly recommend William “Bill” Meili to defend you if you’re facing a Show Cause Board of Inquiry for separation from the service. When the active Army defense lawyer never materialized for my Active Guard Reserve husband, we reached out to a personal friend, who recommended Bill. When we discovered Bill’s past as an Army Judge Advocate and retired Colonel (0-6), we knew we were getting someone to represent our interests who knew the service and UCMJ well, and who was also intimately familiar with all aspects of administrative elimination process and procedure.

Immediately, Bill put us to work gathering historical data and paperwork … and answering some tough, focused questions; all of which helped build the foundation for a successful Show Cause Board defense. My spouse faced separation due to what appeared to be “errant” behaviors: his growing inability to concentrate, anger and impatience – which led to extremely poor conflict resolution — and nagging issues with short-term memory loss. My husband had been an infantry company commander during extended combat operations in Iraq. What we didn’t know was that after he demobilized, he was suffering from undiagnosed PTSD and TBI. His chain of command was equally unaware – in large part because my husband was keeping everything “bottled up” inside. Bill was instrumental in helping us identify, discuss and document crucial issues, which he then used to build a case centered on taking care of a “wounded warrior”. After proper medical treatment by a multi-disciplinary team, my husband is alive, and on his way to becoming whole again.

I thank Bill Meili for his service to our country, to our Soldiers and Service members, and to our family. Because of Bill, my husband will remain in the service, continue receiving the medical care he needs, and he will be able to retire with dignity and respect.

We are forever grateful. | An Army wife.