FROM A SOLDIER WHO AVOIDED A SECOND INVOLUNTARY MOBILIZATION
IRR Delay and Exemption
Client Testimonial #25 - From a soldier who avoided a second involuntary mobilization
Bottom Line: Bill Meili is an excellent and trustworthy advocate for anyone who is seeking an IRR Delay or Exemption from an involuntary mobilization or recall to active duty. I cannot say enough about the job he did in gaining my exemption and allowing me to avoid another disruption to my family and my career.
In early May, I received the packet from the Army that nobody ever wants to see. Even worse, my wife opened and read the packet while I was at work. Hearing the shock and helplessness in her voice when she called me was incredibly sobering. I was being mobilized to Active Duty out of the IRR again, for the second time in the last 5 years. While I willingly deployed when involuntarily mobilized in 2004, I was not willing to subject my family and my career to that same upheaval after only 3 years back at home.
My first instinct was to fire off a packet to HRC with an emotional letter, asking if they even knew that they had mobilized me out of the IRR once already. After completing the letter, I sat back, took a deep breath, and realized that emotional pleas fall on deaf ears when dealing with the Army and HRC. It was at that moment that I decided I had one shot at doing this right, and I had better not waste it with a hasty effort. After doing a quick internet search, I found Bill Meili’s website. From what I read, it looked like Bill had the experience and track record I was looking for. I spoke with Bill at length that evening, and he asked me a few questions about my situation. I immediately felt comfortable with him and the track record he had with D&E cases, so I decided to move forward the next day. Bill made sure I knew that we didn’t have much time to waste, based on the time limit imposed by HRC for submitting a packet. At the same time, he made me feel at ease and assured me that we could pull together a solid case in the time available.
The next day, we talked for about 90 minutes, to review my situation and build a game plan for gathering the documentation needed to present a professional and compelling packet. Along with being extremely thorough through this initial process, Bill went the extra step of maintaining constant communication and giving me some sense of hope that I had a chance of getting the exemption I sought. This was incredibly helpful during those first few weeks after notification. Over the next few months, Bill’s confidence and easy going style allowed me to keep my primary focus on my family and my job while my case made its way through the D&E process.
In short, Bill Meili did a fantastic job of working with me to create a strong exemption case. Over the 10+ weeks it took for HRC to reach a decision, Bill was always available and quickly passed on any updates he received. His actions really helped my family and I to maintain a positive outlook.
At the start of this IRR Delay and Exemption process, I didn’t do exhaustive searches or talk to the references that Bill readily provided…I went with my gut and the words I heard from Bill when we first talked on the phone. I knew that evening that I’d made the right decision, and I would gladly refer anyone else facing this same situation to Bill. His experience and knowledge in this area are the best you will find, and he truly cares about every Soldier he represents.
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