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  • Retired Military (20 years) working on divorce settlement with wife of 29 years. She is a 20/20/20 spouse and

    has a college degree. She worked on and off during our marriage. Is it a slam-dunk that she will get 1/2 of my retirement and should I contest it at all?

    William’s Answer

    I agree that it is a slam dunk. But you still retain counsel to make sure it is drawn up correctly.

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  • Can I get my re-entry code(RE-4) and character of service (OTH) changed?

    I was in the Army National Guard and I tested positive for Marijuana. However, after this test I was NOT discharged and continued to work in that location for about a month. After a month they transferred me to another location where I worked for ...

    William’s Answer

    Maybe. Most positive drug cases result in a General Discharge, not an OTH, so you may be able to convince the Discharge Review Board that your punishment was too harsh. However, I think the chances of getting the RE code changed are next to zero.

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  • Can I re-enlist into any branch of the military?

    I was discharged from the Army National Guard in 2009 for a positive drug test. On my DD-214, I received an OTH and an RE-4. Outside of this test, I had NO other misconduct on my record. I was not granted a hearing or any rehabilitation services. ...

    William’s Answer

    As noted, only a recruiter can answer your question. But to be candid, it isn't going to happen.

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  • Can the father have full custody over his daughter away from her mother.

    The father (who just in the past week) put his name on his 2 year 2month daughters birth certificate. He wants full custody now of his daughter away from the mother. He was taking care of his daughter when she was 1 year 3 month till now (2 year 2...

    William’s Answer

    Can he get custody? Yes. Will he? That is up to a court to decide, so she needs a lawyer immediately.

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  • If a cop runs the plates on a RENTAL car do they see any information about the renter?

    license suspended and I am driving a rental car. If police run plates will they know I am suspended? Do car rental companies attach your name to the license plate? I understand this is illegal but I am not going to quit my 70k job because they sus...

    William’s Answer

    Not sure how you rented a car with a suspended license, but as soon as word gets back to the rental car company, they will contact you to return the car.

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  • Can I apply for VA disability benefits with a General discharge?

    I served more than a year but did not finish my contract due to personal issues. I never received negative counselings or reprimand. Can I still apply for VA benefits which I believe I deserve and are service connected?

    William’s Answer

    Yes you can. A general discharge will not affect disability compensation.

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  • Question regarding VA disability benefits.

    Can I get VA disability benefits because I have been suffering from allergic rhinitis even though I never had the opportunity to go for allergy testing? I have been having allergic rhinitis since I joined the military. I went to sick call multipl...

    William’s Answer

    What you do is apply for benefits and wait till the VA makes a decision.

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  • Can I be punished by the military for a second voluntary hospitalizations for mental health treatment? Please help. I am in the

    Army. The first time I was hospitalized was because the doctor referred me. I feel like I need to the hospital due to mental health issues but I am scared of being punished by my command. I am in the process of getting out and I do not want to get...

    William’s Answer

    The short answer is you cannot be punished for seeking health treatment. However, your letter seems to tell me that there is more to the question and you might want to speak to an attorney on base.

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  • Military law inquiry. I served 6 years in the army reserve and got an uncharacterized discharge. Why I did not get an honorable?

    Do I have a good chance in getting my discharge upgrade from uncharacterized to honorable? Is it possible? I served honorably and even attended schools and received awards. What can I do? Should I let it go? It does not look good for employment pu...

    William’s Answer

    If you served six years and got an uncharacterized discharge, there is a mistake. You should have a military law attorney review your file and determine the way forward. Most of us offer free consultations.

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  • I need to fix an error on my military record. I talked to a veteran and he mentioned that I have to submit an appeal.

    How can I fix my military record? How long does that process normally takes?

    William’s Answer

    It depends on the nature of the error, when it occurred, etc. You should contact a military law attorney and discuss the case. Most of us offer free consultations.

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