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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
What a ride it’s been this year. Grateful for the opportunity to help many facing adversity and rough patches of varying degree and scope.
Had the distinct pleasure to work with some remarkable people this past month. Looking forward to favorable decisions in two of those cases, and, equally, to a new challenge next month on a third. Warmest wishes to all for a safe, sane and easy Fourth of July holiday weekend! Bill
[This is follow-up to a matter discussed in a 31 March Blog Posting discussing pending matters. The case was favorably resolved for Client last month on 19 April 2017 with an Administrative Discharge and final release from active duty (REFRAD)]
AWOL Case Study
Matter: AWOL, Returning to Military Control after an Extended Absence of 14 Years
Summary: This case involved the safe and successful return of our Client to military control from an AWOL status, and his subsequent administrative (vice court-martial) discharge from the service.
Our client went AWOL from Ft. Hood, Texas in 2002 when he was 21 years old. He listened to a barracks lawyer at some point before he left who told him that if he returned in less than 30 days he would be ok. He returned to post after 28 days believing his unit would simply discharge him administratively at that time. They didn’t. Instead, he was assigned extra duties, and life became extremely challenging. After about 10 days of what the client felt was unjustified and abusive treatment, he again went AWOL, returned home, and began looking over his shoulder figuratively – and sometimes literally — for the next fourteen years.
He married, worked hard, went to school and graduated with honors in accounting, and began the process of obtaining his CPA license. Additionally, he was a non-citizen, green card holder. He knew that U.S. citizenship and professional licensure were likely out of the question so long as his AWOL status remained unresolved. But, he was afraid that if he returned to military control he would be prosecuted, convicted and likely jailed, and that everything he had worked for and accomplished in the fourteen years since he left Ft. Hood that second time would be lost. He also worried about the possibility of deportation. Finally, his wife, realizing that something had to be done, urged him to face reality and take care of his business.
He called our office and I spoke with him at length about what needed to be done. I also helped him understand what the process would likely entail, what the various outcomes could be, and how long things would take to resolve.
After extensive coordination with the client, his family and with the client’s parent unit and that unit’s servicing Judge Advocates, together with a careful plan to address each step of the return process, and with some realistic and high-minded help from various sources, we were able to avoid a court-martial and near certain felony conviction for this client.
Result: While the client’s command chain recommended a court-martial, the General Officer convening authority — on the advice and counsel of his SJA, and that SJA’s senior Trial Counsel — ordered our Client discharged administratively.
Highlights: Seeing a deserving, intelligent but very nervous man courageously face the consequences of his long ago actions, and in the process successfully become free and clear of his, “unfinished business” with the Army.
Finally, I have to credit the major installation Senior Trail Counsel, her Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) and his boss, the acting Commanding General (CG) who made the final decision not to prosecute my client under the UCMJ for his long ago transgressions, over and against chain-of-command recommendations to the contrary. That decision will resonate with my client, his family and their fortunes for the rest of their lives. Many thanks, therefore, are due to everyone involved in this one. I am extremely grateful indeed.
References: Please call us at 214-363-1828 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and contact/referral information for the client. Client’s Testimonial appears below.
Client’s Testimonial: “Words cannot express how good of a lawyer Bill Meili is. I had an AWOL case hanging over my head for 14 years. Before I contacted Bill, I called multiple lawyers to handle the case. It seemed most of them just wanted to prove that it was a complicated situation so they could take a huge amount of money from me. Bill, on the other hand, was very caring and actually wanted to solve my problem before even talking about money. Bill did an amazing job! He handled all issues and the necessary defense paperwork and briefs, traveled numerous times to Fort Sill and Fort Hood, Texas, and overall made sure I was safe and that my case was being properly handled by the government. Without a doubt Bill is not only committed and dedicated to his work, he is an honest, caring and a loving person. His experience and knowledge got me out of the Army with an administrative discharge. There were other similar cases to mine on the base which ended up with jail time for those soldiers. I was so glad that I had Bill Meili on my side to take care of me. I am sure if it was not for Bill, I would have had the same results as others and ended up with a federal conviction. I recommend anyone and everyone who needs any assistance — no matter how tough the situation is — call Bill Meili without any hesitation. You will appreciate it and will have no regret in your life.”
Client wishes to remain anonymous
Looking back over the month — it would appear that we’ve been fairly busy — to wit:
3 Feb: Submitted a Show Cause – Board of Inquiry rebuttal/response for a senior reserve Army officer;
9 Feb: Submitted a request for reconsideration appeal to the Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) for a company grade active duty Army officer;
17 Feb: Delivered a request for reconsideration on an Unqualified Resignation (UQR) action for a senior active duty Warrant officer;
20 Feb: Submitted an appeal to transfer a General Officer Reprimand (GOMOR) to DASEB for a field grade Army Reserve officer;
22 Feb: Coordinated a diversion program track for a civilian juvenile client facing a felony aggravated sexual assault charge;
23 Feb: Began a coordinated, managed defense for an AWOL return to military control matter;
27 Feb: Heard that the client’s command chain in the 3 Feb matter above recommends favorable action on our requested relief, and;
28 Feb: Received word that the government/military command would not be preferring UCMJ charges against an active duty enlisted client.
Grateful for the opportunities presented along the way, and for the help and support of many, without which none of the above would have been possible. Stay tuned. v/r Bill
Phone: 214 363-1828
We received some good news from the Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) a day or so ago. The decision came in from the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB) panel we argued the case before last month in D.C. The five, active duty colonels voted unanimously to grant our client relief. This was long in coming, but extremely gratifying on many levels …. and not a bad way to kick off the New Year! This was also a first of its kind case for our practice. Our client was a former active duty Army recruit in basic training, who was administratively separated for medical reasons, within the first six months of his enlistment. His discharge certificate (DD214) read “Uncharacterized,” and this has been causing him significant problems with potential employers over the past several years.
His service though had been exemplary in the short time he was in, and he was cited for meritorious conduct before his discharge. We argued that and asked that his DD214 be changed to an Honorable characterization of service, which is almost never done with entry level separations. But, this officer panel agreed with us, and voted accordingly, upgrading the discharge and changing both the narrative reason for separation and the RE Code.
If you care to know more about this case, I’d be happy to discuss it in more detail.
Office: 214 363-1828 or 866 578-0164; Cell: 214 536-3888
v/r Bill Meili