SOLDIER INITIALLY DENIED EXEMPTION WHEN HE SUBMITTED ON HIS OWN
IRR Delay and Exemption
Client Testimonial #14 - This Soldier Was Initially Denied Exemption When He Submitted His Case on His Own
The bottom line is…if you are called back to active service involuntarily and are searching for direction and hope, pick up the phone and call Bill Meilli. Period. His calm, confident, and professional demeanor will instantly put your mind at ease.
I was an active duty Army soldier for 4 years - serving one combat tour in Iraq, and in May of 2006 left active duty and was placed in the IRR. Roughly 2 years later, in June of 2008, I received mobilization orders for Iraq. Unfortunately, I decided to file my exemption packet on my own without any outside help. Six months later I received a phone call…request disapproved. This call came the week before Christmas, and needless to say, my family was devastated and I was furious. I was definitely in panic-mode and unsure what to do next.
I picked up the phone and called a close friend who had used Bill for a successful exemption case, which turns out to be the most important phone call I could have possibly made. My friend spoke very highly of Bill and assured me that if I called him, I would be in good hands. I called the next day and decided right away that I wanted Bill´s representation in filing my appeal.
During the next week, and for six weeks to follow, Bill worked tirelessly on my behalf to prepare a thorough appeal packet for the D and E team in St. Louis. He consistently followed up with the St. Louis office, and throughout the entire process, responded promptly to every phone call and email I sent him. In mid-February I received word that my appeal had been approved. Without Bill´s representation I don´t think I would have been successful — thanks to Bill I am at home with my family. If I had to do it over again, the only thing I would have done differently is I would have called Bill right away upon receiving orders. As it was, I spent 8 months of my life in limbo…not sure what was going to happen. If you are reading this and have recently received mobilization orders, your best course of action is to pick up the phone and call Bill. You will be in great hands.
- Client wishes to remain anonymous
Read IRR Case Study #3 for a case study of this soldier´s experience.
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