Active Duty Army (AMEDD) Medical Officer Show Cause Board
Posted by anonymous
May 23, 2020>
I am currently an officer in the Medical Corps.
In late 2017, I was undergoing issues with my leadership and in process of leaving the training program I was in. I reached out to attorneys as I had ambiguously negative OERs and in addition was forced to sign them/threatened with UCMJ if I did not. I had a very specialized issue as a military physician and was curious about pursuing a UQR. I found Mr. Meili’s website and was intrigued by the reviews for officers and UQRs. I became acquainted with Bill during this time. He talked with me for about 2 hours and linked me up with one of his consultants who had gone through a somewhat similar circumstance. He was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and if he did not know an answer, I can tell you he definitely knew someone who did and was not afraid to ask. Overwhelmed and with a desire to move past the situation, I chose to continue my obligation elsewhere, decided not to hire an attorney, and PCS’d to a new duty station.
I found success in my new assignment; unfortunately negative OERs do not go away. 2 years later, I did not make Major and faced involuntary separation with possible other than honorable (OTH) discharge through a Show Cause-Board of Inquiry action. I was terrified about the impact on my medical and military career. I wasn’t sure if an OTH would fly at future employers on the civilian side. Remembering how thorough and helpful Bill had been for an individual who had not even given him a retainer, I reached back out immediately. To my delight, he recalled my situation and once again dove headfirst into all of the possible outcomes. His extraordinary ability to analyze the situation and outline necessary courses of action was invaluable.
What made Bill different from other attorneys I spoke with about my case was his demeanor. He has the distinct ability to enter a situation or a room with a sense of clarity and calmness; even if you didn’t agree with him. He worked closely with my command, JAG and the TDS attorney that was representing me as well. He flew to Ft. Polk while I was on a training exercise to ensure a face to face before my Board, which ultimately took place in Hawaii a few months later. He flew there too!
At that time that I questioned my abilities as a physician, as an officer, and as a leader, Bill was able to show the Board that I was not who or what was written in my OERs, and I was able to see it as well. After my Board of Inquiry voted unanimously to retain me, opposing counsel informed me that I was the first officer who had ever been retained by that particular Board President. I cannot describe what it feels like to experience that sense of validation of self….and not sure many others can do it to the extent that Bill can.
I continue to do well in my current duty station and was told I’m up for top block rating this year. After working with Mr. Meili on the Board of Inquiry with a favorable outcome, it is one of my biggest regrets not engaging with him the first time around. Sometimes we make mistakes; sometimes the circumstances are not in our favor…in these times I would highly recommend Mr. Meili’s counsel without reservation. CPT MS, MC, USA
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After an exhaustive search of military attorneys, I came across the name of Bill Meili. From my first email exchange and telephone call, I knew that Bill was the right person to handle my case. I had discussed my unique circumstance with a handful of other attorneys who felt it may be too difficult to achieve the outcome that I was seeking - but Bill was interested in me and my case, and wholeheartedly believed that we had the ball in our court. I could tell that Bill cared about me as a person and soldier, not just viewing me as a paycheck.
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