FROM A SECOND YEAR MBA GRADUATE STUDENT
IRR Delay and Exemption
Client Testimonial #9 - From a Second Year MBA Graduate Student
Although I had two friends receive activation orders off the IRR, I never believed it would happen to me. With two year-long deployments in support of OIF and a 30% disability rating from the VA, I always assumed I would be safe. I could not have been more wrong. In September 2008, at the beginning of my second year of graduate school, I received orders with only five weeks to spare before my report date.
Once the initial shock wore off, I began calling everyone I knew in an attempt to figure out what to do. A friend of mine recommended Bill so I called him to discuss my options. Although I am inherently somewhat distrustful of attorneys, Bill took the time to explain the IRR Delay and Exemption process and seemed to sincerely take an interest in my case. He did not pressure me to make a decision immediately and allowed me to weigh my options before going forward.
Once I decided to retain Bill, he walked me through the entire process step-by-step and built an extremely thorough exemption packet. In my mind, Bill´s understanding of the Delay and Exemption system and the wording and arguments that resonate with HRC make his services worth it. With grad school and everything else going on in my life, I did not have the luxury of dropping everything to deal with my recall. Bill ensured that I completed the necessary steps to build a good packet and was always diligent about following up with me and keeping me informed once my packet was submitted. The lines of communication were always open.
Moreover, Bill helped level me out emotionally throughout the 3-month process. He never let me swing too high or too low emotionally. Having dealt with hundreds of these cases, he understood that it was natural for individuals to alternate between periods of hopefulness and periods of extreme concern. Bill communicated with me throughout the entire process and always took an interest in how I was doing personally.
As one of my friends explained it to me when I was considering whether or not to retain Bill, "You can put together the packet yourself and always wonder if HRC rejects it, or you can pay the money for Bill and be absolutely certain." In the end, I knew that with Bill´s experience, if the exemption packet he put together got denied, there was no way that something I put together would have made it through. That alone made it worth the money for me. In retrospect, I am not sure why I even debated doing anything else. I am eternally grateful to Bill Meili and would refer him to anyone facing an involuntary recall.
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