Hardship Discharge Representation for Pregnancy and Parenthood
Hardship Discharge Representation - Pregnancy / Parenthood - Case Study #2
Female Officer requests Hardship Discharge for Pregnancy/Parenthood.
This case involved fighting for a request for a hardship discharge based on Pregnancy / Parenthood.
Client, a Female Officer, Troop Program Unit (TPU) Army Reserve, was pregnant and desired to transfer to the IRR and be discharged. Her unit however failed to counsel her properly about all of her available options in accordance with applicable Military Regulations. She'd made several attempts herself over a period of about 7 months to obtain the unit's full cooperation, but for a number of reasons, she met with continuous resistance. It appeared that her chain of command was simply unaware of the proper procedures available to process her request. No one appeared to know exactly what to do. The upshot was something akin to a stalemate – or a lose/lose situation for both the client and the unit.
Our Client contacted us not long before her due date. We were able to use our experience in the administrative discharge arena to identify the problem, and then roll out a proposed solution. With some well-placed suggestions up and down the Client’s chain, the command reviewed the regulations, considered our proposed course of action, and presented a mutually acceptable compromise to the stalemate. We had crafted a sound, winning argument that apparently triggered a suitable compromise which worked in everyone's best interests. And then we followed through, staying on target and remaining in close contact with decision makers up and down the chain of command until her honorable discharge orders were published at the highest levels of the Army Reserve force structure.
The Client's resignation was approved and she received an honorable discharge.
Hitting the right notes with the right people to help fix a situation which had become rather tangled and messy.
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