Dear Friends: I hope you’ll take a minute to consider this post, so that you might pass it on to anyone in your respective circles who might be dealing with the issue discussed in some way, shape or form.
Yesterday, we finished a Line of Duty (LOD) Request for Re-investigation into the suicide death of a senior member of the Air Force Reserve. These are extremely challenging cases, but handled correctly, they have the power to affect so many people in a positive way — the surviving family members most notably of course, but also the deceased’s previous unit members, and the organization as a whole.
LOD investigations and determinations are not something a typical Reserve unit in any branch of the service handles often. And so when they do — and especially when the issue involves a death — local unit personnel, including investigating and medical officers, and JAGs, are more often than not unprepared and inexperienced in how to conduct the investigation. Without that, the commander’s final determination can be compromised, and that, of course, is in not in anyone’s best interest.
When all’s said and done, what I’ve learned the surviving spouse really wants is simply to know that the military properly considered the whole story — as best it can be determined — before rendering a final decision.
It was a privilege working this case. I’m grateful for the sacrifices and efforts of my client, (the surviving spouse), her immediate family members, and our investigator, Ms. Marissa Wallace of Wallace Investigations, Dallas. I’m also grateful for the considerations shown by those Air Force Reserve personnel who gave us both time and material necessary to present the best appeal possible.
If I can be of assistance in the future to anyone reading this post facing a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you. Bill Meili 214 363-1828 (Office) Face Book Page Link to Meili Law Firm http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meili-Law-Firm/382529661780979#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=517759091591368&id=382529661780979¬if_t=like