FROM THE WIFE OF A FORMER US ARMY SERGEANT FACING IRR ORDERS
IRR Delay and Exemption
Client Testimonial #22 - From the Wife of a Former U.S. Army Sergeant Facing IRR Orders to Serve in Afghanistan
To Potential Clients of W. C. Meili,
When we first began this process, we were very skeptical. We did not believe we actually had a chance to be granted an exemption, even though it was pretty clear that my husband had served his duty and then some (two deployments including 8 months of stop loss on a four year contract). We had very little time to make a decision. We had my husband’s aunt, a former lawyer, call Bill and see what she thought. She had great things to say about him, but we still wrestled with, “What if it isn’t granted?”
We thought that going through the process of exemption, getting our hopes up, spending money for representation, and then still having to go to Afghanistan and miss our daughter’s first year together would just be the worst outcome, and it would just be easier to get it over with now. We also thought he had a chance to deploy with some of his Army buddies that were also called up, but it later turned out the unit on your orders is rarely the unit you actually deploy with, so that wouldn’t have made a real difference.
Finally, after many conversations, I convinced my husband to just try it. That whatever happened, we would handle, but to just trust that it could all work out. Once we decided to jump in, we started to believe it was possible.
We could not have done it without Bill!
He guided us through the process and made sure it was done right. He helped us keep our composure when the waiting for an answer seemed like it would never end, and yesterday, after almost 7 weeks of waiting, we were told the exemption was granted.
If there’s one piece of advice I could give anyone wrestling with whether or not they should try for an exemption and be a client of Mr. Meili’s, I would say: Trust him! He will tell it to you straight. If he says you have a chance, YOU HAVE A CHANCE!
I would also like to add, we have heard stories about soldiers being granted exemptions based on phony diagnoses from doctors and exaggerated claims. We were very against doing this, and were worried Bill would want us to fabricate ailments. He never asked us to do this. He is a good man, just like my husband, probably just like you. He is not in the business of getting people out of their obligation. He is there to help when you are being stretched past what is reasonable and healthy for a soldier. My husband served his country proudly, and now it is time for us to move on.
Jacquie F, wife of a former U.S. Army Sergeant
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