The Mayer Law Blog

Back to Life

This blog has been dormant far too long. Time to remedy that.

A few things have changed since we last posted here.

First, we’ve met and represented many amazing servicemembers from across the nation. It is truly a humbling experience.

Second, we have refined the focus of this law office in an attempt to better serve our clients and those who need representation the most. For that reason, we are primarily focused on administrative separations and discharge upgrade cases.  While we remain open to other matters such as courts-martial and nonjudicial punishment, we found that we truly enjoy the breadth of challenges presented by discharge upgrade cases and administrative separations.

For those of you reading this and seeking a possible upgrade to your military discharge, please remember the following:

  1. Always be mindful of your discharge date. Once you discharge turns 15 years old, your chances of successfully upgrading it are significantly diminished.
  2. The discharge review boards for each of the services are different. While they all follow the same guidance from the Department of Defense, each has their own distinct process for filing for an upgrade.
  3. Discharge upgrades are never automatic. While having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) might improve chances, they are not a guarantee of an upgrade.
  4. Understand that there is no such thing as a perfect case. Every application to a discharge review board contains its own strengths and weaknesses. The job of a discharge upgrade lawyer is to spot both of these–especially the weaknesses. Do not get angry when a discharge upgrade attorney tells you that there are problems or traps within your potential case.
  5. The process is not quick. On average, most discharge upgrade cases take 24 months to complete once they are sent to a discharge review board. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

That’s all for now. However, we’ll be posting here more often over the coming months.

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