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ARMY RESERVE - AMEDD OFFICER UQR
SUCCESSFUL UQR — SENIOR ARMY RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER'S EXPERIENCE WITH MEILI LAW
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 I thought 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. Bill is 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 and navigation of the Army spider web, was the compassion and patience he showed with 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.
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I contacted Col. Meili as a fellow practitioner to gain some context and perspective on a pretty complex set of issues. Because I practice in a different field of law, Col. Meili's extensive expertise was invaluable and he was more than generous with his time. A skilled and dedicated professional who cares deeply about obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients, Bill's a leader in this field.
- Steffen Chapin
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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